Sven Kamphuis, Suspect Behind World's Biggest Cyber Attack, Operated From Bunker
Bangalore: Dutch citizen, Sven Olaf Kamphuis, 35, called by his initials "S.K." is arrested in Spain for his alleged involvement in hacking the anti-spam group Spamhaus. Authorities claim the incident as the biggest cyber attack in Internet history. As per Spanish court official, the suspect is expected to be handed over to Netherlands in ten days, reports Huffingtonpost.
The suspect used a bunker for his operations, located in northeast Spain. He travelled in a van equipped with antennas to track various frequencies, to hack into a network anywhere in the country.
S.K. is allegedly accused for the cyber attacks on Spamhaus, an international organization which tracks email spammers and spam-related activities. Its main task is to block emails which offer bogus products such as discounted Viagra or weight-loss pills.
The investigation began following bulk distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in Spain. It affected the Internet servers in Netherlands, U.S. and the United Kingdom. The Dutch authorities informed Spanish police to be on high alert. However, it continued, ending on a major onslaught on Spamhaus.
DDoS basically overwhelms a server with traffic and thereby jamming it with incoming messages. Authorities believe that the attack on Spamhaus is 3 times more powerful than any of the recent cyber attacks.
Investigation teams from Netherlands, Britain, Germany, Spain and the U.S. co-operated in capturing the Suspect. Police have also seized different equipments and 2 laptops, which is believed to be used for criminal activity.