Dutch Release Man Accused Of Cyber Attacks On Prosecutor's Office

Dutch authorities have released the man suspected of participating in the bombardment of the public prosecution office's website with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

The 19-year-old was arrested on Saturday and had confessed to attacking the website, as well as those belonging to Mastercard and PayPal. The teenager was arrested from the municipality of Hoogezand-Sappemeer.

“From behind his computer, the man used hacker software to flood the website of the prosecutor’s office with as much digital traffic as possible. Investigations by the National Police Services Agency showed that the man, who was active under the Internet nickname Awinee, urged other Internet users to participate in the attack,” the prosecutors had said at the time of his arrest.

This was the second arrested in the Netherlands concerning the organised DDoS attacks on companies suspected of working against WikiLeaks by hacktivists.

A 16-year-old youth first arrested in connection to the attacks is still in custody, having been accused of more serious crimes.