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(Reuters) - Dutch police arrested a 19-year-old man on Saturday on suspicion of joint responsibility for a cyber attack on the website of the public prosecution office.
The so-called "denial of service" attack on the prosecution website on Friday came a day after Dutch police arrested a 16-year-old youth in connection with cyber attacks by WikiLeaks supporters.
The 19-year-old, arrested in Hoogezand-Sappemeer in the north of the country, is suspected of using hacking software to launch attacks that slowed the prosecutor's website down for hours and briefly made it unavailable.
Originally posted by Iam'___'
I'm in agreement with Wayno, these are not attacks. To suggest that somebody is being harmed by not having a means to make a payment is downright ridiculous, especially as the services being paid for are non essential. But anyone who protests or exercises their right to speak freely nowadays will ultimately have the 'terrorist' stick pointed at them. The more forms of protest we can find the better, most of the time a simple letter will not suffice.
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
These aren't attacks. It's hyper-sensationalized drama played out by newscasters trying to make everyone on the Web look like a bad guy.
Consider this analogy; Senator Jim Demint's contact info (this is published openly by the government, so it's no secret):
DeMint, Jim - (R - SC)
340 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Let's get 18,000 people and call his office. If we do that, who do you think is going to get through to him on that number? No one. His phone service is "denied" because we'll have flooded it.
Same thing is going on with these "ddos" floods of these Web sites. With 18,000 people participating you hardly even need any special tools, just that many people going to a smaller Web site can bring it down.
I might agree that if one person, who acquired a botnet and was responsible for ddossing a site, should be prosecuted, but not when it's an obvious protest done by thousands who are simply using their sheer number to overwhelm a server. They could stop a denial of service by implementing packet filtering if they wanted to.