Spain: Guy Who 'Slowed the Internet' Did It From a Van
Dutch national accused in Spamhaus hit also operated out of a bunker
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2013 2:47 PM CDT
Spanish authorities say that the man charged in the Spamhaus slowdown carried out the attack from a van.   (Flikr)

(Newser) – Spain has busted the man it says is behind the worst cyberattack ever, and CNN reports that the Interior Ministry says he apparently carried it all out from a van he used "as a mobile computing office, equipped with various antennas to scan frequencies." The 35-year-old Dutch national, reportedly named Sven Kamphuis, was arrested on Thursday in the city of Granollers, and stands accused in the massive Spamhaus slowdown. The AP adds that he also operated out of a bunker, "from where he even did interviews with different international media." He dubbed himself a diplomat from the "Telecommunications and Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Cyberbunker."

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Apr 29, 2013 1:25 AM CDT
This is just BS. At the time it was said that the attack was slowing the internet. But if you research the time frame two undersea cables were damaged. His attack was simply an irritant. Most of the internet didn't notice a slowdown even with the cable cuts. You have to understand how distributed the internet is. Yes he could possibly disrupt one site if they did not keep up to date and were not very robust.
Apr 28, 2013 9:15 PM CDT
My question is, why? if he has the know howw to do this that simple means that he could have done some positive with the knowledge, but he chose to do wrong, I hope he received a long time in prison because its a crime that victimize a lot of people and could have caused lost of lives
Apr 28, 2013 7:28 PM CDT
And now he'll get his own little cell -- but with no internet connection.