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London teen arrested over Spamhaus attack

Assault on firm nearly broke the internet
Fri Sep 27 2013, 14:46

A LONDON SCHOOLBOY reportedly has been arrested by UK cyber cops on suspicion of involvement with the internet crippling cyber attack on Spamhaus last spring.

Spamhaus was assaulted in March. According to Cloudflare, an outfit pulled into assist Spamhaus, it was faced with a strong attack and changing tactics.

"On Monday, March 18, 2013 Spamhaus contacted Cloudflare regarding an attack they were seeing against their website They signed up for Cloudflare and we quickly mitigated the attack. The attack, initially, was approximately 10Gbps generated largely from open DNS recursors," Cloudflare said in its report about the incident.

"On March 19, the attack increased in size, peaking at approximately 90Gbps. The attack fluctuated between 90Gbps and 30Gbps until 01:15 UTC on March 21."

Since then we have heard about the arrest of a Dutch citizen, and now, via the a report at the Evening Standard we have heard that a London teen might also have been collared.

According to the Evening Standard the arrest is part of the same investigation, which is known as Operation Rashlike. Although no one has heard about the arrest the Evening Standard said that it happened this April.

It added that the unnamed chap is out on bail and expected to approach trial within the year. A briefing note seen by the Evening Standard said that the suspect had access to cash, and was logged onto various websites.

"The suspect was found with his computer systems open and logged on to various virtual systems and forums," it said.

"The subject has a significant amount of money flowing through his bank account. Financial investigators are in the process of restraining monies." µ


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