Dutch arrest man for attack on prosecutor's website

AMSTERDAM Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:38pm EST

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch police arrested a 19-year-old man on Saturday on suspicion of joint responsibility for a cyber attack on the website of the public prosecution office.

The so-called "denial of service" attack on the prosecution website on Friday came a day after Dutch police arrested a 16-year-old youth in connection with cyber attacks by WikiLeaks supporters.

The 19-year-old, arrested in Hoogezand-Sappemeer in the north of the country, is suspected of using hacking software to launch attacks that slowed the prosecutor's website down for hours and briefly made it unavailable.

The prosecutor's office also said the man was suspected of urging other people to participate in the attack. Police seized a computer in the arrest and a replica of an Italian pistol.

Cyber activists around the globe have attacked organizations seen as foes of WikiLeaks in retaliation for the ending of services to the website after it published thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic reports.

Involvement in denial of service attacks carries a maximum prison sentence of six years in the Netherlands.

The man, who operated under the Internet alias Awinee, is also suspected of involvement in an attack on the website of online payment firm Moneybookers on Friday.

(Reporting by Aaron Gray-Block; editing by Andrew Roche)

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Comments (3)
TomMariner wrote:
Ah teenagers. Possibly a reason for the innovation and rebellion is that they feel there are no consequences for their actions, that mommy and daddy will step in and stop bad things from happening to them. It’s as true with young boys driving cars as it is for those who can use talents for Internet to cause massive damage.

One of the only ways to stop a 16 year old from texting while speeding is to let him see images of a friend or someone his or her age cut out of a wreck. Maybe this arrest will at least give them a glimpse of the results so they can make an adult decision if their “cause” is worth spending time locked up.

To be honest it is a shame, because that youthful talent and joyous freedom gives us our Mozarts. But you do shrink at the awful damage they can do to themselves.

Dec 11, 2010 4:40pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JohnBalone wrote:
Rapists in Holland get less than 6 years for violating the bodily integrity of a woman. It demonstrates the priorities of the Dutch. Holland is a country where downing a website is considered more serious that viciously raping a woman. Shameful.

Dec 11, 2010 5:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Leviiii wrote:
I know the 19 year old, funny enough i thought he was out getting drunk rather than being arrested. He has no hacking experience whatsoever, case of wrong place at the wrong time and an easy target. Would love to know the grounds they arrested him on, cheering on the take down of websites via facebook?

Dec 12, 2010 3:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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