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A London schoolboy has been secretly arrested over the “world’s biggest cyber attack” as part of an international swoop against a suspected organised crime gang.
Details of the arrest, which happened in April, had been kept secret, but have been disclosed to the Evening Standard ahead of the formation of the Government’s new National Crime Agency.
The arrest of the London schoolboy, whose identity has not been disclosed, came during a series of coordinated raids with international police forces. Others detained included a 35-year-old Dutchman living in Spain.
A briefing document seen by this newspaper on the British investigation, codenamed Operation Rashlike, states that the attack was the “largest DDoS attack ever seen” and that it had a “worldwide impact” on internet exchanges. The document says services affected included the London Internet Exchange and that although the impact was eventually “mitigated” it managed to cause “worldwide disruption of the functionality” of the internet.
I bet he was just a patsy for the real criminal hackers who just wanted to give the boy a taste of being a part of it to 'borrow' his bank account(s) to pass the money through, with a tip for the kid id imagine.
Pretty serious stuff in any case for a 16 year old. I hope he wasnt led into it because he faces a life of traumatic court appearances and such which he may not deserved if groomed into his role in the cyber attacks.
The of course he could just be a criminal hacking master mind.