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Truth2Tell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:05 AM
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Police arrest boy of 16 over WikiLeaks attacks
Source: IDG News Service

Boy has allegedly admitted to participating in the attacks

By Jeremy Kirk | IDG News Service | Published 09:30, 10 December 10

Dutch authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy in relation to the cyberattacks against Visa, MasterCard and PayPal, which were aimed at punishing those companies for cutting off services to WikiLeaks.

The boy was arrested in The Hague, and he will be arraigned before a judge on Friday in Rotterdam, according to a press release from the Netherlands' Public Prosecution Service. The boy, whose computer equipment was seized, has allegedly confessed to taking part in the attacks.

The Public Prosecution Service said he is likely part of a larger group of hackers.

The arrest follows a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks aimed at websites that have been critical of WikiLeaks, which has been releasing portions of 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables since late last month. The attacks seek to overwhelm websites and services by sending streams of meaningless traffic.

Read more: http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/security/3252776/po... /
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