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Hacker pleads guilty to a series of denial-of-service attacks

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A seventeen year-old teenager living in London has pleaded guilty to a series of DoS (denial-of-service attacks) against several websites and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year.

The hacker also admitted to money laundering and possessing indecent images.

He faces a sentencing hearing on January 9, a police statement said.

He was arrested in April 2013 after a series of distributed denial of service attacks which led to worldwide disruption of several internet exchanges and of various services.

The day of his arrest, officers seized a number of electronic devices and 2 computers.

He has been bailed until January 9, 2015 pending sentencing.

Persons aged under 18 appearing before youth courts receive automatic anonymity under British law.

The teenager was arrested and prosecuted following several attacks aimed at email cop Spamhaus and content distribution network CloudFlare that ultimately affected the normal operation of several internet exchanges.

Hackers used DNS reflection to amplify the DDoS attacks. Peak traffic volumes exceeded 300 Gbps, marking the assault out as the biggest DDoS attacks in the history of the internet.

Despite this massive volume, the attacks failed to break the internet's backbone, contrary to many early reports at the time.

Additionally, other arrests were made in the case. These and other similar circumstances probably mean it’s very unlikely that the 17 year-old acted alone. We'll keep you posted.

Source: The British Police.

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