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London Teen Charged in Connection with Massive Spamhaus DDoS Attacks

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A London teenager has been charged with computer misuse, fraud and money laundering offenses in connection with the massive DDoS attack against anti-spam organization Spamhaus last year.

According to the UK’s National Crime Agency, the 17-year-old male was arrested in April 2013. Police seized a number of electronic devices at the time of the arrest.

The male (name withheld since he is a minor) was bailed to appear at Camberwell Green Youth Court on Monday.

In March 2013, an ongoing battle between Spamhaus and Dutch ISP Cyberbunker slowed down Internet connectivity and caused widespread congestion around the world. The attack peaked at 300 gigabits per second making it one of the largest DDoS attacks in history.

Last year, CloudFlare, Spamhaus’ DDoS mitigation provider, went into great detail on the specifics of the attack in a blog post.

The London teen isn’t the only individual arrested in connection with the Spamhaus DDoS attack.  In April 2013, Spanish authorities arrested 35-year-old Dutch national and leader of Cyberbunker, Sven Olaf Kampuis.

Last month, Australian police arrested two alleged hackers in connection to several security breaches including the unauthorized access and modification of Melbourne IT’s Brisbane network in 2012.

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  1. DoktorThomas™

    Punishments of a criminal nature should be imposed. Additionally a twenty-year ban from the Internet as well a bar to working in the computer industry for life are just conditions that should be imposed for completion of his debt to society. Of course, users in any other nation that had their use interrupted as a result have both criminal and civil cases against the perp. Go for it. That he is young and offensive matters not. Demonstrative life long penalties need to be applied to these sort cretins to show positive use of one's talents should be the only avenue ventured.©2014

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