Operation Payback Day 2: Teen boy arrested, more attacks planned

It seems that Anonymous has suffered its first casualty in their cyber war on Wikileaks detractors. In the Netherlands, a 16 year old boy has been arrested for contributing to the Distributed Denial of Service attack on MasterCard that Anonymous has claimed responsibility for. According to NOS, the boy confessed to police last night that he was a part of the attack. The Dutch National crime Squad was investigating the DDoS attack after it occurred, and tracked some of the activity to a server in Haarlem.

The attack originated after Wikileaks, and its now imprisoned leader Julian Assange, came under international fire from many world leaders and organizations for their release of countless classified international diplomatic cables. Today is the second day of the attack from Anonymous, and the DDoSers don’t seem to be giving up.

While the attackers were successful in knocking out MasterCard and Visa's websites briefly, some within the organization were suggesting they try to go after Amazon.com. However, after the apparent failure to bring down Paypal in an meaningful way, the previously controlled anarchy is fragmenting and losing focus, disagreeing on what to attack and when. Many see Amazon as too big of a fish to fry, and would rather stick with known vulnerable targets, like MasterCard.

Companies like Prolexic, who specialize is anti-DDoS services, have already signed up financial transaction processing services like Authorize.net to help protect against a possible DDoS attack from Anonymous. As day 2 of the attack proceeds, we will update this post with breaking news from the front.

We are also live-blogging via our Twitter account as details arise. Follow us there for updates as they happen.

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mikecyber said,

Like they did to Jason Chen! Oh the humanity!

They stole the kids iPhone too, he had the prototype for the iPhone 5 someone left at a 16+ Party.

Well gee...I wonder what his Mother thinks about all this? I mean...after all..he was probably doing this in his bedroom at his parents house.

That tells you all what kind of people are contrabuting to this... "16 years old boy"... cartoons are over kids go to bed!

SoLoR1 said,
That tells you all what kind of people are contrabuting to this... "16 years old boy"... cartoons are over kids go to bed!
Or the fact that this one just got caught maybe it shows his age. It's the ones that aren't being caught who would actually be much much older and know how not to get caught. Colds already gotten his hands on about 300 university computers to join the hive // late news of last night.


Because more serious crimes exist, lesser ones should be just ignored?

The problem is the police at least in Los Angeles, spend too much time on the lesser crimes and bigger crimes get ignored. I had to call 911 on a dog that was foaming at the mouth running up and down my street, the police said call Animal control, and animal control said they would be 30 minutes out. Eventually the dog bit a kid and her dad went inside his house and shot the dog. The police came after they heard the gunshot and arrested the dad that shot the dog for "illegal discharge of weapon". I wondered...how the hell did the cops get there so fast? Well my friend got a ticket from the deputy sheriffs for jay-walking just a block over, and they just finished writing it when the dad shot the dog.

I think that DDoS attacks should definitely be prosecuted, but launching a DDoS attack on the mastercard web server isn't really that big of a deal tbh. The sad truth is the police don't care as much about the bigger crimes as much as the lesser crimes, because something like j-walking brings in $200 a ticket in Los Angeles, were as shooting a dog to keep a kid safe would cost the city a bullet and the 40 pages of paper work the deputy sheriffs have to file.

Haha would be interesting too if the police there got a "reward" from mastercard for bringing in the kid, while someone in the same jurisdiction just got murdered.

The ones they catch ARE NOT the ones who organized this, those people are a LOT smarter than this 16 year old kid. They will not even come near the REAL organizers, they can only dream of it.

Sheogorath said,
The ones they catch ARE NOT the ones who organized this, those people are a LOT smarter than this 16 year old kid. They will not even come near the REAL organizers, they can only dream of it.

It's shocking how few people understand this. The organizers have been doing this since at least the time of TPB trials, without being caught.

Sheogorath said,
The ones they catch ARE NOT the ones who organized this, those people are a LOT smarter than this 16 year old kid. They will not even come near the REAL organizers, they can only dream of it.

That's what all criminals behind bars, they think they are smarter. They may not get them right away but eventually they will someonevwill get busted for something completely unrelated and start selling people out as fast as possible. It happens all the time.

Stupid kid. If you want to help "make your world a better place", go do community service or volunteer with a non profit. Kids have ZERO place participating in activities like this, regardless of the cause. Beyond legal punishment, it can jeopardize their education, going on to college, finding your first job, etc, etc, etc. Wait until you're old enough to not screw your parents and education at least...

thornz0 said,
Stupid kid. If you want to help "make your world a better place", go do community service or volunteer with a non profit. Kids have ZERO place participating in activities like this, regardless of the cause. Beyond legal punishment, it can jeopardize their education, going on to college, finding your first job, etc, etc, etc. Wait until you're old enough to not screw your parents and education at least...

suppose you do that. but your government takes your tax dollars to go to war for their own interests and unjust reasons. at the same time, telling you they are fighting for your freedom and send to to the battle field. do you take the blue pill or the red pill?

Kids these days with too much time on their hands. This will set him right if not get him to meet drug addicts. Hope to see more forthcoming arrests for lulz worthiness.

In 2 years time, when everyone who uses the Internet must be "registered" and have an "International Internet User License", and everyone's activities are *closely* followed; when illegally obtaining a song of Conway Twitty's will suspend you from all Internet Use for 90 days after your jail sentence of 90 Days and a fine of US$15,000.00; when packet-floods and protocol-floods will put you in a Federal Penitentiary for 5 Years without parole, regardless of age; when Interpol gains "search-and-seisure" rights on your system at any time via the Internet or by request of Interpol to local law enforcement for immediate seisure of ALL of your electronic devices, discs and storage media of any kind *without warrant*, you can have only one group of people to thank:

ANONYMOUS!

Parents: take some time with your childrent and install some sense of morality in them by teaching them that attacking or taking part in attacking someone or some group or company on the Internet is WRONG; if you don't trust your kids, then take some secretive time with your children who use the internet and watch what they do while online. Make a point of installing software that monitors your children's activities. If you see them involved in attacking sites using LOIC or other such tools, yank their computer away from them, find the tallest structure you can safely climb while holding the computer and chuck it as hard as you can. If you don't, the only person to blame when law enforcement officers raid your house is YOU, for not being an active Parent.

ANONYMOUS: nothing more than disaffected, angst-ridden punks whose collective lives suck so much that they feel the need to cause grief and anger in others in order to drag them down to their wallowing pit of self-pitty, anger and frustration because the girl they like in 6th Period Algebra can't stand their hideous acne - or post-teens who haven't grown the balls to get a job and move out of their parent's basement.

Average people getting ahold of LOIC and smashing the hell out of any "ANON"-related site AND 4Chan to boot: PRICELESS!

With all retarded "priceless/there's MasterCard" jokes aside, how far does the gov't think Operation Behind the Times think it'll take them? You can't catch them all and you won't. Just like the war on terror. It's like declaring war on jealousy; one step forward, two steps back.

Educated Idiot said,
With all retarded "priceless/there's MasterCard" jokes aside, how far does the gov't think Operation Behind the Times think it'll take them? You can't catch them all and you won't. Just like the war on terror. It's like declaring war on jealousy; one step forward, two steps back.

Yes, you can stop them - it's very easy, in these following steps:

1) Shutter 4chan
2) Extradite Ass-ange
3) HANG MANNING
4) Find a hack-piggie who will squeal well enough to expose ANONYDORKS most influential members and arrest them - with live YouTube feeds of all of this.

In otherwords: Strike utter, bowel-loosening fear on these putzes.

Maybe it *is* time for an International Internet Users License!?

ScottKin said,

Yes, you can stop them - it's very easy, in these following steps:

1) Shutter 4chan
2) Extradite Ass-ange
3) HANG MANNING
4) Find a hack-piggie who will squeal well enough to expose ANONYDORKS most influential members and arrest them - with live YouTube feeds of all of this.

In otherwords: Strike utter, bowel-loosening fear on these putzes.

Maybe it *is* time for an International Internet Users License!?

Those steps only make wikileaks look more heroic

Comon? seriously, why the out cry's?

If you were in a government position, you were tasked with this case and told this must be stopped?

How do you think the governments feel with huge sites been targeted by various individuals across the globe? Pretty embarrassed, its a global thing and they need to start some where.

This was probably the first person that made it easy for them to track and they must make an example to wake the others who are involved that they are/could be tracked and taken to court.

I don't blame the officials for arresting hi, funny thing is right now he's probably feeling a little stupid but he'll probably be proud of his actions and the attention he receives from it in due course have a friend who targeted certain NTL exchanges, he got nabbed for it but doesn't regret it and says its what got him to where he is as his skills were recognised from a young age.

Not my way to the future.

easiest way to stop all this, put up a nice little bounty on the top members details being handed in (most of these people probably young anyway) and watch them call in to cash out.

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