16-Year-Old Arrested for Taking Part in Attacks on PayPal, Visa, Sarah Palin, Joe Lieberman
A 16-year-old has been arrested in the Netherlands for allegedly taking part in DDoS attacks on companies that have dropped service to WikiLeaks, PC World reports.
In recent days a loosely organized group of hackers calling themselves Anonymous have targeted PayPal, Visa, PostFinance and Amazon.com after the companies cut ties with WikiLeaks. Yesterday they admitted to going after Joe Lieberman and Sarah Palin's websites. (Lieberman's office pressured companies like Amazon to kick WikiLeaks off their servers; Sarah Palin's Facebook ghostwriter called for Assange to be "hunted" like a "terrorist." According to PC World, the groups' main site (anonops.net) was hosted in the Netherlands.
The Dutch attorney general says they started an investigation into the activities a few days ago. It's unclear what other investigations are underway, but probably lots: "Cold Blood", who's presented themselves as a spokesperson for the effort, says more and more people are downloading the bot technology that lets the group knock out websites by overwhelming them with requests.
"We are trying to keep the Internet open and free for everyone," said Cold Blood.