Tuesday 16 January 2018

This is a conspiracy, says man accused of net attacks

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 used by security programmes 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 significantly 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, the WikiLeaks founder who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid rape charges that he claims are a malicious attempt to retaliate for his activities.

"You saw what I said – there are embassies to shelter in, like Assange. Maybe I should talk to the Dutch foreign ministry though," he said.

"Spamhaus pretends to be a non-for-profit blah, 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. That's what happened," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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