A British teenager faces a jail sentence
after being found guilty of sending bomb
hoax threats to two US airlines via
The 16-year-old boy, from Plymouth,
Devon, England, who cannot be named,
sent messages to Delta Air Lines and
American Airlines and previously admitted
cyber attacks on SeaWorld in Florida and
on his local police force.
According to a BBC report, American
Airlines received a Tweet on February 13
2015 which read: “One of those lovely
Boeing airplanes has a tick, tick, ticking in
it. Hurry gentlemen, the clock is ticking.”
Delta Airlines received a similar Twitter
message on the same day.
Neither airline, nor US authorities,
decided not to take any action on the
back of the threat and the matter was
deferred to UK authorities.
The judge at a hearing this week at a
youth court in Plymouth said the teenager
had made ‘both detailed and
sophisticated’ plans and said he faced a
custodial sentence despite his age.
The boy pleaded guilty to three offences
relating to denial of service attacks under
Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act
He was also found guilty of two offences
under the Criminal Law Act relating to the
communication of bomb threats.
The case has been adjourned until July
20 for sentencing.