Dutch 16-year-old arrested for cyber attacks

9th December 2010, Comments 0 comments


A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in the Netherlands in connection with cyber attacks on MasterCard and PayPal by Wikileaks sympathisers. The boy was arrested in The Hague according to the Public Prosecution Office.

WikiLeaks supporters across the world have carried out digital attacks on finance companies which have refused to transfer money to Wikileaks accounts. The MasterCard site was down for ten hours on Wednesday. The coordination of the attack was organised from the Netherlands according to Dutch public television news broadcaster NOS. It is not known what the role of the boy, who has confessed, was. His computers have been confiscated. More arrests could follow.

A group calling itself "Anonymous" has threatened anyone with an anti-WikiLeaks agenda. The groups says it has 4000 "hacktivists" willing to help the whistle blower site. NOS reports that "hacktivists" are planning to stage a cyber attack on the site of internet retailer Amazon for removing Wikileaks from one of its servers.

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