Dutch Police Nab 16-Year-Old in Hacking Attacks

He's accused of taking part in the WikiLeaks revenge campaign
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2010 3:41 PM CST
File photo of a MasterCard sign.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)

(Newser) – The first suspected hacker arrested in the coordinated cyberattacks on MasterCard and Visa is 16 years old. Dutch police say the teen has admitted taking part in so-called Operation Payback, in which hackers worldwide wreaked havoc on the websites of perceived enemies of WikiLeaks. Sarah Palin's website and PayPal also got hit. The unidentified teen is due in court tomorrow, reports the Wall Street Journal. See AP for the latest on the cyberbattles.

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