Dutch man arrested in Spain in connection with largest cyberattack ever

| Friday, April 26, 2013, 1:51 p.m.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Prosecutors say a Dutch citizen has been arrested in Spain in connection with what experts described as the biggest cyberattack in the history of the Internet, launched against an anti-spam watchdog group last month.

The Netherlands National Prosecution Office said a 35-year-old suspect it identified only by his initials, S.K., was arrested Thursday at his home in Barcelona. Authorities also seized computers and mobile phones.

According to a prosecution statement Friday, the man is suspected of “unprecedentedly serious attacks on the non-profit organization Spamhaus.”

He was held on a European arrest warrant and is expected to be extradited to the Netherlands to face justice.

The so-called denial-of-service attack on Spamhaus fired a torrent of data at the organization's servers and was blamed for other disruptions online.

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