Spain arrest man behind largest cyber attack in world

Spanish police say they've arrested the man behind what's been called the biggest cyberattack in history.

The suspect, a 35-year-old Dutch citizen, traveled around Spain in a van he used as a mobile office, Spain's National Police said in a statement Sunday.

Police arrested him Thursday north of Barcelona, Spain, on a European arrest warrant at the request of judicial authorities in the Netherlands, the statement said.

Authorities have not released his name, and a photo police issued showing his detention blurred his face.

The arrest comes a month after Internet users around the globe faced slowed-down service during the prolonged denial-of-service assault on The Spamhaus Project, a European spam-fighting group.

Security experts said the attack used more sophisticated techniques than most distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks and targeted the Web's infrastructure, which led to other sites performing slowly.

In a DDoS attack, computers flood a website with requests, overwhelming its servers and causing it to crash or become inaccessible for many users.

Last month's attack appears to be part of a fierce feud between organizations that monitor spam and try to block it and companies that accuse spam blockers of unjustly blacklisting them.
I am glad he was caught.  I have no respect for spammers or those who distribute malware.  I would sentence them to reading spam on a computer infected with malware.  The length of sentence would be determined by how many spam messages were sent and how many computers were infected with malware.


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