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Hacking accused had hi-tech 'bunker'

A Dutchman arrested in Spain on suspicion of perpetrating the biggest cyber attack in internet history operated from a "bunker" near Barcelona and toured Spain in a camper van equipped with hi-tech scanners.

Sven Olaf Kamphuis (35) was arrested on Thursday in Granollers, a city 22 miles north of the Catalan capital, for his alleged role in hacking the European anti-spam group Spamhaus.

He travelled around Spain in an orange van set up as "mobile computing office", according to Spain's interior ministry. Spanish authorities were first told in March that a large number of cyber attacks affecting internet services in the US, Britain and the Netherlands were being launched from Spain.


Police tracked the suspect to a property in Granollers where he had set up an operations centre described by officers as "an information bunker" from where he "even did interviews with different international media" about his cause.

The suspect told police he was a diplomat representing the "telecommunications and Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Cyberbunker".

He is believed to be behind the March 15 cyber attack on Spamhaus, a non-profit Swiss-based company that fights internet spam by blocking emails offering products such as discounted Viagra or weight-loss pills. Mr Kamphuis, who branded the service as censorship after some of his email addresses were blacklisted, was being investigated by Dutch authorities as the mastermind behind so-called "distributed denial-of-service"attacks.

Mr Kamphuis was remanded to prison yesterday pending extradition to the Netherlands. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent