17-year-old Arrested for Massive DDoS Attack on Norway’s Financial Sector
2014-07-15, 01:38 PM,
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Quote:The Norwegian police have arrested and charged a 17-year-old for a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack earlier this week that disabled the websites of major financial institutions and other businesses in the country.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is designed to sabotage, shut down and overload the targeted website with web traffic more than its capacity in order to make it unavailable to users. The attack targeted five major banks, two telecommunication firms, three airlines and one insurance company, as their websites and online payment systems were disrupted.

The unnamed teen claimed to be a part of the hacktivist group Anonymous Norway for what was thought to be the country's biggest ever cyber-attack on businesses. Although, the Anonymous Norway, via a Twitter message, has dismissed any connection to him or the cyber attack.

The youngster was a resident of Bergen, on Norway’s west coast. He was arrested on Thursday morning and questioned by police in Bergen, while he was sitting in front of computer.

The teenager sent a letter to the media on the day of the attack, claiming to be part of Anonymous and saying that “the motivation behind the current attacks and the next attacks in the future is to get the community to wake up. The number of major IT security attacks is increasing and there is nothing being done to prevent such events.”

Despite his claim, the authorities do not suspect him to be a part of the Anonymous Norway neither suspect the group involved in the DDoS incidents, because of the fact that the suspect joined the group’s Facebook page on the same day of the attack, may be in an effort to show himself linked with the group. Furthermore, the hacker provided a Pastebin link via a tweet, pointing to the identity of the perpetrator i.e. "Jamie Y. Isaksen"; they did not create the post, just scooped it up.

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