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Hacker charged with fraud, keeping explosives

Greek police on Wednesday brought criminal charges of fraud and possession of explosives against an 18-year-old Greek teenager alleged to have hacked into the websites of Interpol and the FBI.

The youth, who is alleged to have carried out the hacking attacks two years ago, is to face an investigating magistrate today.

Police did not say what kind of explosives they had found in the teenager?s home in Aghios Dimitrios, southern Athens.

According to sources, a delegation of FBI officers is planning to travel to Athens to meet the 18-year-old.

Greek authorities had been seeking the youth for the past two years, during which time he is alleged to have been honing his hacking skills and had been known on the Internet as ?Splitter.?

The teenager, who was traced to his home in Aghios Dimitrios, southern Athens, reportedly also took over the computers of unsuspecting users, accessed their data and used it to obtain new credit cards in their names. A raid on his home turned up several credit cards and thousands of euros in cash.

The youth reportedly has a tattoo on his back saying ?Capitalism is opportunity and opportunity is freedom? in several languages.