Teenager, 18, charged with creating virus which ‘crashed hundreds of global financial institutions’

Teenager, 18, is charged with creating computer virus which ‘crashed hundreds of financial institutions including Nationwide bank and server hosting boxing match between rapper KSI and YouTube star Logan Paul’

A teenage boy was today charged with creating a computer virus which ‘crashed hundreds of financial institutions’ across the world.

Although he did not appear at Newtownards Magistrates Court in Northern Ireland, 18-year-old Josh Maunder was charged with 21 offences.

They included 13 charges of doing an unauthorised act impairing the operation of a computer, two counts each of making an article intended it to be used for computer misuse, obtaining an article to commit an offence and possessing articles in connection with fraud.

Maunder, from Bangor, Co Down also faces single counts of supplying an article to be used in computer misuse and conspiring to commit an unauthorised act, with all of the offences alleged to have been committed between December 1, 2017 and 13 September 2018, when the defendant would have been in his early to mid teens.

Newtownards Magistrates’ Court where it was heard 18-year-old Josh Maunders of Bangor, County Down, is facing 21 charges

Maunders is also alleged to have disabled the server hosting the boxing match between rapper KSI and YouTube star Logan Paul in November 2019 in Los Angeles, California

Maunders is also alleged to have disabled the server hosting the boxing match between rapper KSI and YouTube star Logan Paul in November 2019 in Los Angeles, California

None of the facts surrounding the allegations were opened in court but revealing that he had applied for a certificate of exceptionality from Legal Aid, defence counsel Conor Holmes told the court the Crown case is that Maunder ‘created a computer virus, sends it across the world and crashed hundreds of financial institutions’.

Looking at the particulars of the offences, it is alleged that when Maunder was 14 and 15-years-old, he made a ‘Distributed Denial of Service attack’ which he sent to multiple websites and servers including: 

Maunder is also accused of having a computer program intending to use it to commit an offence and with having articles for fraud including on one count, email addresses and passwords relating to PayPal accounts in the UK, USA, Germany and China.

On another similar charge the teenager is alleged to have had ‘credit card details contained in a file’.

The case had been scheduled to be elevated to the Crown Court today but following an application by Mr Holmes, District Judge Mark Hamill adjourned the case to August 18.

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