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Hackers shut down Dutch public prosecution website after arrest

Friday 10 December 2010

Cyber vandals operating under the Anonymous group flag on Friday closed down the website of the Dutch public prosecution department.

According to website Tweakers, the attack is in response to the arrest of a 16-year-old youth in connection with the hacking of Mastercard and Visa credit card websites earlier this week.

A number of websites were taken offline for a time after coordinated attacks by supporters of the Wikileaks website and its founder Julian Assange.

The public prosecution department’s site was shut down on Friday morning for several hours.


The youth arrested on Thursday operates under the name JeroenzOr and comes from Zoetermeer, the website said.

The youth is one of the operators of the internet relay chat channel in which sympathisers prepared the way for the cyber attacks, the website said, adding that at least one other Dutch hacker was involved in the attack on Mastercard.

The 16-year-old is due to appear in court in Rotterdam on Friday.

© DutchNews.nl

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Readers' comments (13)

Well done, Anonymous! I will see you on saturday's demonstration (14:00 @ Dam Square A'dam).

By My beautiful Jordaan | December 10, 2010 11:08 AM

One man's 'cyber vandal' is another man's 'defender of freedoms', maybe you should keep your opinions to yourself... I believe its a journalistic tradition

By foolism | December 10, 2010 3:06 PM

People who deface websites and run denial of service attacks shouldn't be called hackers.
A hacker is someone who finds a vulnerability in software programs and security protocols
Someone who performs a denial of service attack just pushes a button and tells infected computers in his botnet to flood a particular IP adress with garbage.
It doesn't require any specific knowledge or skill.

By Durendal | December 10, 2010 4:52 PM

All these cyber attacks are simply proving what a bunch if criminals they really are!!

By Donaugh | December 10, 2010 5:17 PM

I can only hope the judge will be good humored enough, to "slap" the kid, and then let him go.
This aren't even hacking attempts. This is at best comparable to a group of protesters blocking acces to a building for a few hours.

By Jupito | December 10, 2010 6:13 PM

@Donaugh as opposed to those theyre protesting against? Theres nothing legal about the US governments actions against wikileaks. Theyve started this so called war, the gloves are off now..

By mark | December 11, 2010 3:15 PM

This just shows how weak Government sites are and how all our other information is so vulnerable to Hakers and the Government want to put all our details in a database? Oh yes great, just like the USA Military site that was haked, the MOST secure of all Ha, what a scam. I should think that the USA will need to find friends after all this bad exposure about what they say behind all our backs, nice people the Americans so it seems.....

By Andy | December 11, 2010 3:21 PM

Hackers are nothing more than criminals and should be dealt with as the same. I would give them all 40 years of hard and I hard mean hard, labor...in Antarctia.

By howard de barfield | December 11, 2010 3:38 PM

and just who are the "cyber vandals" who did the same to wikileaks site?
and why are they not being arrested?

By Robert | December 11, 2010 5:36 PM

Is this the best the Dutch authorities can spend their resources on go after 16 year olds who are standing up for freedom of expression.

I would like to know how much resource the Dutch authorities are putting towards investigating Royal Dutch Shell, reported to be engaged in espionage through infiltrating a foreign government?

Silly me, much easier to appease our special friends the Americans by going afer a 16 year old. Shameful.

By Doug | December 11, 2010 7:32 PM

Most people do not remotely understand the goals of average pirates. Many simply want FAIR copyright laws. My God man after 5 generations it is time to fork the music and the movies over to the public domain. Government never attended for a copyright to last long enough to feed five generations of families, well after the creators are dead! People need to think about who their friends truly are.

Hackers are a union. And they are sometimes pretty smart. If the large copyright holders would strike a deal which would greatly limit the amount of years anything stays copyrighted then no doubt the big time pirates can lay-off releasing 0 day old movies. The copyright laws are too long.

By Digital Freedom | December 23, 2010 7:10 AM

Freedom of expression is different than stealing. I agree with the above commentator that copyright laws became too stringent, but I don't agree that this is an excuse to steal digital property either. Music and films are not essential good after all. You are not going to die, get sick or get hungry by not listening/viewing them. So, yes, let's change the law, but without this false pretense that hacking (in this case) is a matter of freedom of speech.

Bear in mind, also, that this 16y.o. was stealing CREDIT CARD data. How that is a matter of freedom of expression now? Is a thief who enters your house and steal your physical credit card then resell it any different?

By Andre L. | December 23, 2010 10:35 AM

They prosecute 16 year olds fighting for freedom against censorship and corporate fascism, but bankers who stole billions from the Dutch tax payers get a walk?

No wonder confidence in the system is falling at an accelerated pace.

By Prince Burnhard | December 23, 2010 10:29 PM

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