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Updated: December 10, 2010 16:58 IST

Hackers attack Dutch prosecutors, police websites

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An unidentified protestor holds a banner before hundreds of protestors march through Brisbane's city centre to protest against the detention of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange on Friday. Photo: AP.
An unidentified protestor holds a banner before hundreds of protestors march through Brisbane's city centre to protest against the detention of WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange on Friday. Photo: AP.

A police spokesman says hackers have attacked the websites for Dutch police and prosecutors, a day after the arrest of a 16-year-old in The Hague for involvement in a cyber attack on several prominent financial payment websites.

National Police Service spokesman Dennis Janus says the “hacktivist” group Anonymous “tried to take down” the two sites, apparently using a so-called denial of service attack.

Both sites were sporadically online on Friday.

National Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Desiree Wilhelm says prosecutors are investigating the problems with their website.

Prosecutors said the young hacker police arrested on Thursday confessed to participating in attacks by WikiLeaks sympathizers on websites including MasterCard, PayPal and Visa, among others.

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