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Apr 27 2013, 6:30am CDT | by , in News | Misc

Dutch Man Arrested in Spain for Online Attack on Spamhaus
 
 

Spanish police have arrested a Dutch citizen alleged to have made an online attack against an anti-spamming site. The massive assault he made disrupted the site and created a lot of disorder. The man was identified as “S.K.” and was in custody.

The man provoked a scandal over the Internet when he attacked an anti-spamming site thereby destroying links and networks in the process. The name given out by authorities was “S.K.” which was later on taken to be “Sven Olaf Kamphuis” a male of Dutch provenance who was close to middle age. He is also known as "cb3rob". According to New York Times, he had been guilty of trying to severely harm a European anti-spam group. Mr. Kamphuis is described as a loner with brilliant programming skills by Dutch IT experts. He called himself as an Internet freedom fighter that also has links with WikiLeaks.

Spanish officials took the man into police custody on Thursday. He was apprehended at his Barcelona home and is due to be handed over to the Netherlands authorities. In the statement given out at Pastebin, for now at least he is being deported back to where he came from. The raid was carried out at the prodding of Dutch police. The Spanish authorities complied and cooperated. Several of the computers and mobile devices the man possessed were seized. A whole rash of attacks which took place the previous month was linked to the illegal activities of this man.

Spamhaus is the site which was attacked and it is working against spam. Mr. Kamphuis did a lot of damage to the site’s credentials which is a criminal offence in the Netherlands. Considered to be the King of Spam, the cybercriminal was running Cyberbunker, a site that had a shady repute. His massive attacks through DDoS caused a system failure that slowed down the Internet for millions of users all over the globe. 


And while the accused has as usual protested over his arrest by saying that he is innocent, this is the largest attack ever carried out in the history of the Internet. He won’t be released any time soon.

 

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