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Huge Power Attacks: Police arrest suspected spam warriors - Spiegel Online

Barcelona – The Dutch police announced the arrest in a brief press release. This is only a “35-year-old Dutchman named SK” the speech. There is little doubt that this is the man to Sven Olaf Kamphuis, which had occurred a few weeks ago as a kind of spokesman for a group called Stop house. This group is responsible for one of the biggest denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) in the history of the Internet. In such attacks servers are flooded with massive requests and so paralyzed. In the case of home-stop botnet attacks also were involved -. Networks from viruses transferred via remote PC and in the hands of criminals


been arrested in Barcelona his “computer disks and mobile phones” seized, the release of the Dutch police. Was carried out the arrest of Spanish officials, organized through the cooperation program just €. It was expected that the arrested person will soon transferred to the Netherlands.

unknown responded a short time later with a “press release” on a site that is normally used for the exchange of program code. You have learned that Kamphuis aka “cb3rob” had been arrested, it says. The arrest was based on “false information”. The authors of the brief letter threatening “the biggest attack on the Internet, and yourself, the people you have ever experienced.”

is explicitly threatened a journalist with the “New York Times” had reported the DDoS attack and cited Kamphuis, as well as “other media”. Signed is the text with the words: “We are not a group We are Anonymous We are not everyone…”

“half Russian and Chinese Internet industry,”

The reason for the arrest were DDoS attacks that were directed against the Geneva-based organization Spamhaus. Spamhaus maintains lists of Internet domains from which supposedly spam is sent. Large providers use these lists to filter spam from e-mail traffic. The attackers, who call themselves Stop House, Spamhaus accuse but to practice digital vigilante justice and to ensure to the said lists that address all areas of the Internet would be blocked. Spamhaus had “blackmailed” into the past customers of the hosting provider Cyber ??Bunker, Kamphuis told SPIEGEL ONLINE the end of March. Those who do not work together with Spamhaus, run the risk of landing themselves on the list.

began as Spamhaus, even in cyber bunker domains hosted on its blacklist to have a spontaneously formed group decided to strike back. To do so, Kamphuis, which was one “half Russian and half Chinese Internet industry.” On 18 March began the attacks, the first directed directly against the Spamhaus domain. As Spamhaus, however, the services of the company CloudFlare secured to repel the attacks, the attackers apparently changed their strategy. They attacked several Internet exchange points where the networks of larger and smaller providers are linked. Which had in some parts of the world clearly measurable impact.

that attack was really so serious? According to current evidence: Yes


The data rate of the attacks exceeded According CloudFlare partially 300 gigabits per second – the amount of traffic that can slow down individual nodes to a point where they are no longer functional. After the “New York Times” had reported the attacks, Kamphuis denied via Facebook that was behind cyber bunker.

Elsewhere, it was claimed, the attacks would have had not the described effects, especially because Internet users in the U.S. have experienced no impact on their network access. But that might be because the attacks mainly directed against Internet hubs in Europe. Some European services provider and reported massive restrictions. A long article in Ars Technica explains the details of the attack and the actual, quite serious damage potential.

Cyber ??Bunker has promoted a radical laissez-faire attitude with regard to the activities of its customers. “Except child pornography and terrorism” anything goes. Kamphuis described his role in an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, the end of March as a kind of organizer and communicator of stop store group.

Kamphuis in Germany already had contact with the judiciary: to have put that time it was about the fact that it operates the Internet provider CB3ROB was accused of hosting services for the bittorrent directory The Pirate Bay. Kamphuis was then performed as an operator of CB3ROB and cyber bunker.

When he spoke about the end of March, a chat program with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Kampuis still declared that he was afraid not afraid of being arrested because of the stop-house raids. There was, he said, alluding to the situation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, enough messages to which he could flee.

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