Cyber activists attacking organizations seen as foes of WikiLeaks briefly blocked a Dutch prosecution website on Friday after a 16-year-old suspected of involvement in the campaign was arrested in the country.
The activists also tried to block the website of online payment firm Moneybookers, but denied their attacks were intended to create business turmoil or badly disrupt online Christmas shopping.
“We have been investigating this with international authorities and we are working together with the FBI,” Dutch prosecution service spokesman Wim de Bruin said, referring to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A Rotterdam judge ordered the boy, who was arrested in The Hague on Thursday, to spend 13 days in custody while the investigation continues, the prosecution service said.
The maximum prison sentence in the Netherlands for distributed denial-of-service attacks is six years, de Bruin said.
The suspect, whose identity was not disclosed, told investigators he participated in the attacks on the MasterCard and Visa websites.
The attack on Moneybookers froze the site for about two minutes. Activists said they picked Moneybookers because it informed WikiLeaks in August it had closed its account. They promised to continue their attacks, and spoke of MasterCard and Interpol as fresh targets.
Meanwhile, Dutch media report that:
Politie.nl and OM.nl went down for about two hours
Dutch language article: http://www.nu.nl/algemeen/2398749/hackers-leggen-omnl-en-politienl-plat.html
Team High Tech Crime of the Dutch National Police will also further investigate these new attacks
Dutch language article: http://www.nu.nl/tech/2399236/onderzoek-aanval-websites-en-politie.html
The Dutch Minister of Justice & Security Mr. Ivo Opstelten will prioritize Cyber Security, Cyber Defense and fight against Cybercrime
Dutch language article: http://www.nu.nl/internet/2399266/we-moeten-antwoord-hebben-cybercrime.html