DDoS teen charged

News by Adam Greenberg

A 17-year-old male from London charged with computer misuse, fraud and money laundering offences, according to a statement released by the National Crime Agency (NCA) had been bailed to attend Camberwell Green Youth Court on 30 June.

The NCA made the decision not to identify the teenager because he is a minor, but he was arrested last year for his role in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that led to “worldwide disruption of internet exchanges and services,” according to the statement.

Notably, the teenager was charged when he was 16 for his role in the March 19, 2013 DDoS attacks aimed at Spamhaus, a Dutch anti-spam group and international nonprofit, according to The Register. On his arrest officers seized a number of electronic devices.

In April 2013, the then 16-year-old attacker was taken into custody secretly by the National Cyber Crime Unit, but reports on the arrest did not start coming out until September 2013.

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