Hackers jailed for website attack

14th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Five computer hackers were sentenced in The Hague Court on Monday to work orders and youth detention for preventing public access to two government websites for five days last October.

14 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — Five computer hackers were sentenced in The Hague Court on Monday to work orders and youth detention for preventing public access to two government websites for five days last October.

The five suspects carried out a Distributed Denial of Service attack on the government websites, overheid.nl and regering.nl. Repeated page requests meant the government server could no longer deal with internet traffic.

The 18-year-old main suspect, of Breda, was given a 38-day detention sentence and a 240 work hour. A 17-year-old Breda youth was ordered to serve 29 days in detention and carry out a 100-hour work order.

Both suspects said they wanted to carry out the attack to protest against government policy, NOS reported.

A 15-year-old male youth, also of Breda, was sentenced to 27 days and a 120-hour work order. He hacked a network of poorly protected computers in order for the group to carry out the attack.
 
A 15-year-old Rotterdam boy was sentenced to an 80-hour work order for participating in the crime.

A 19-year-old man, of Froombosch, was given an 80-hour work order for participating in an attack on the website geenstijl.nl after it revealed the possible identity of the culprits.
  
The jail terms were more lenient than the public prosecutor's demand and are equal to the time spent in remand detention. The hackers were thus released on Monday, but have also been given suspended jail terms.

It was the first time in the Netherlands that anyone has been convicted of such an attack.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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