An internet activist accused of masterminding one of the biggest global cyber attacks in years, which slowed computers across Europe, claimed yesterday that he was the victim of an establishment conspiracy.
Sven Kamphuis, a Dutch internet operator, has been accused by security experts of mounting a wave of attacks on a scale that only governments were thought capable of.
It is alleged he engineered a flood of data that targeted a Swiss-based internet agency, Spamhaus, responsible for maintaining a catalogue of computer viruses to protect computer owners.
The attack saw the Spamhaus servers hit at a rate of 300 billion bytes per second. This caused internet connections to slow around Europe.
Mr Kamphuis said allegations against him were caused by a dispute his company Cyberbunker has with Spamhaus.
He portrayed himself as a campaigner for internet freedom in the mould of Julian Assange.
"Spamhaus pretends to be a non-for-profit blah, blah, but they are a little censorship club working their way up," he said.
"They want to get their way and shut people down. They do it all the time. If people do not comply with their demands they just list the entire internet provider."
He said the row can be traced back two years to when Spamhaus blacklisted Cyberbunker's internet provider.
Spamhaus said the attacks had continued since mid-March and it was a "small miracle" the service had not broken down. (© Daily Telegraph, London)