11:20 p.m., Friday, June 10: This story has been updated to reflect Microsoft's denial that they offered to mentor or employ the 14-year-old hacker in question. Also, an earlier version of this story included a photo of a boy that we identified as the hacker. Based on e-mail exchanges we had with a woman who said she is the mother of the boy in the photo, we do not believe that the boy depicted was in any way involved in the attack on Microsoft. We regret implying that he was.
On Thursday, Business Insider assembled a gallery of the "young troublemakers" who received job offers after hacking into Facebook, Apple and the websites of other big-name companies. Included in that slideshow was a boy they called Jake, a 14-year-old from Dublin, Ireland, who allegedly broke into the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 servers and started a phishing scam to collect user information.
Microsoft had first thought that the hack was related to the attack on the PlayStation Network that came after Sony's decision to take the young hacker George Hotz to court. Like Anonymous' decision to bring down the Visa and Mastercard websites in response to the cold shoulder they gave WikiLeaks, the PlayStation hack was the latest in a string of attacks made in retaliation for an action and not, as so many others are, simply for the lulz.