Aussie defacer arrested in Paris

Friday, 11 July 2003, 1:02 PM EST

A 17-year-old French cracker who defaced websites in Australia, Britain, and the United States with political messages has been arrested in Paris and ordered to stay away from the Internet while on parole, police revealed.

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons but who was known on the web under the nickname DKD, plastered home pages with messages "for example in favour of the Palestinians or against the US government," a police chief for the northern city of Lille, Eric Voulleminot, told AFP.

The cracker was arrested on June 23 at home in a western Paris suburb, where he was living with his parents while he completed his last year of high school.

He was tracked down by French police specialised in computer crime investigating the case of a police station website that had been altered.

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