14 Jul 2014
A 17-year old Norwegian was arrested for a massive DDoS attack that disrupted online services of several financial institutions and businesses in Norway, according to thehackernews.com.
The websites and online payment systems of five banks, two telecommunication firms, three airlines and one insurance company were hit in the attack. Victims include Norges Bank, Telenor, DNB, Sparebank 1, Storebrand, Gjensidige, Nordea, Danske Bank, Evry, as well as Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air.
The teenager published a letter saying that his attacks are meant “to get the community to wake up. The number of major IT security attacks is increasing and there is nothing being done to prevent such events.”
The hacker claims to be a member of Anonymous Norway. However, the group dismissed any connection to him or the cyber-attack through a Twitter message. Authorities also reject this hypothesis.
He is accused of gross vandalism and faces a maximum penalty of 6 years.