A London teenager is facing charges for a series of denial-of-service (DoS) attacks against Internet exchanges and the Spamhaus anti-spam service last year.
The 17-year-old male from London, who police did not name, ended up charged on Friday and faces computer misuse, fraud and money-laundering offenses during a hearing in London’s Camberwell Green Youth Court.
Police arrested the teen in April 2013 after a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks which led to worldwide disruption of Internet exchanges and services. Officers from the National Crime Agency seized a number of electronic devices at the time of his arrest.
A subsequent forensic examination yielded enough evidence to proceed with a prosecution.
“The NCA has taken the decision not to name him at the point of charge since he is a minor and therefore a vulnerable individual,” said a British police statement.
Juveniles – persons aged under 18 – appearing before youth courts receive automatic anonymity under English law. That anonymity ceases to apply once they reach the age of 18.