Suspected SOCA website attackers arrested

Two teenagers have been arrested in Norway in connection with online attacks against the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency and other targets around the world.

Norweigan news sites and reported the arrests. The pair are suspected of a spate of recent cyber attacks throughout Norway, on targets including the Norwegian Lottery, and the Norwegian Police.

Magne Vikøren, a spokesperson for the Lottery said that the damage to the business had been minimal, "but the irritation has been great". "The attack was at its worst this weekend," he said, "[when we only had] between 5% and 10% of our [usual] customers [coming] in on our website."

The two hackers belong to a Norwegian hacking group called the DotNetF*ckers, Norwegian newspaper reports, adding that the group has been linked with the recent attacks against SOCA and German newspaper Bild.

Speaking in Norwegian, Erik Moestue, a prosecutor for Norway’s National Criminal Investigation Service told Nordlys: "We have arrested the two we think are the most important of these attacks, but we still want to talk more. Those arrested have been charged for aggravated criminal damage.

"The case is still under investigation. It is still too early to say anything about the motive for their actions," he said.

In a statement after the attacks last week, SOCA said that "DDoS attacks are a temporary inconvenience to website visitors, but do not pose a security risk".

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