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Dutch Charge Teenage Govt Web Site Hacker Suspects

Lisa Minter (
Sat, 13 Nov 2004 16:17:20 EST

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch authorities have charged two teenagers
with cyber crimes on suspicion of bringing down government Web sites
last month by flooding them with traffic, public prosecutor said on

The boys from the southern Dutch town of Breda were arrested earlier
this week after a raid on their houses in which computers were
confiscated. There could be more arrests, the public prosecution
service said.

The two are believed to have hacked into other computers to launch a
mass visit to government Web sites, which collapsed under the strain.

The attacks on the Web Sites coincided with protests against
government plans to overhaul the social security system that drew
250,000 people to a weekend demonstration in Amsterdam.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and other ministers had to change
mobile telephone numbers after a list circulated on the Internet
invited protesters to send a barrage of text messages.

Cyber criminals in the Netherlands risk up to a year in jail under a
new law forbidding the distribution of spam messages which overload
networks and cause computers to crash.

Copyright 2004 Reuters Limited.

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