Two teens are arrested following SOCA attack

Could face six years’ porridge

By Carly Page
Thu May 10 2012, 10:58
TWO NORWEGIAN TEENAGERS have been arrested on suspicion of carrying out online attacks, including one on the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) web site.The 18 and 19 year-olds have been arrested by Norway’s National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) for suspected involvement in a number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, including last week’s attack on the SOCA web site.

“We have arrested the two we think are most important in these attacks, but we still want to talk to more people,” said NCIS prosecutor Erik Moestue.

The agency did not specifically refer to any particular attack, but Moestue added that the attack on SOCA was one of the attacks it is investigating.

He said, “We know SOCA was recently attacked, as well as Norwegian and American sites, and that is one of the things that we are looking into.”

The country’s largest financial services group, its police security service and national lottery recently have been hit by DDoS attacks.

If found guilty of the offence under Norwegian law the two could face maximum six year jail sentences.

No further details were given regarding the two youths’ identities or group affiliations, but F-Secure analyst Sean Sullivan said he thought it unlikely that they are affiliated with the Anonymous hacktivist collective.

“Doesn’t really sound like Anonymous or copycats to us. It also doesn’t seem to have been for the ‘lulz’ based on the current information,” Sullivan told The INQUIRER.

SOCA was unavailable for comment at the time of writing.