It’s worth bearing in mind that in the UK and EU he would have faced similar criminal proceedings. In the UK for example there are specific criminal penalties under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We wrote about Runescape and the Computer Misuse Act some time ago, check it out for more info
In March this year we wrote about a Pennsylvania teenager who pleaded guilty to criminal offences over his hacking and crashing of a Playstation web site in 2008, which he did in revenge for being kicked out of a tournament for the PS2 game SOCOM US Navy Seals for using a cheat mod.
Now, Nukezilla reports that the teenager has been sentenced to a $5,000 fine as well as 250 hours of community service and 12 months probation. So that’s that then.