Threat Management

NCA charges 17-year-old London man for role in massive Spamhaus DDoS attack

A 17-year-old male from London was charged on Friday with computer misuse, fraud and money laundering offenses, according to a statement released by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The NCA made the decision not to identify the teenager because he is a minor, but he was apprehended 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 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.

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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