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Spain arrests Dutch man for Spamhaus attack

Authorities have a man and van in custody
Mon Apr 29 2013, 09:49
A man behind bars

SPANISH AUTHORITIES have arrested a Dutch man on suspicion of mounting the recent cyber attack against Spamhaus.

Spamhaus, an organisation that apparently was attacked due to its spam policing role on the internet, has confirmed the arrest and thanked the law enforcement agencies that achieved it.

"The Spamhaus Project offers congratulations and its sincere thanks to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM), the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch Police Services Agency (KLPD), the Spanish National Police (Catalonia branch in collaboration with the Central UDEF), and any and all other entities involved in the recent arrest announced in regard to the DDoS attacks on Spamhaus in March 2013," it said in a statement.

"The record-breaking attacks were initially directed at Spamhaus infrastructure such as websites, mailservers and nameservers. Then, over the course of the following two weeks, the attacks escalated to targeting Spamhaus' supporting networks and services including various Internet exchanges.

"While the DDoS caused disruptions to our organization and its hosts and partners, the flow of the Spamhaus anti-spam data that protects over 1.7 billion mailboxes worldwide was never interrupted."

So far the man has not been fully identified, but according to the Spanish police he drove around in a frequency scanning van kitted out like a mobile office to carry out the denial of service attack.

The attacks were as heavy as 300Gbit/s and reportedly even degraded website access for services like Netflix at times.

A statement from the Dutch public prosecutor identified the man only as SK, and added that he is 35. It said that he is accused of "unprecedented heavy attacks on the non-profit organization Spamhaus". µ

 

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