Teen boy arrested for supporting WikiLeaks

42679.jpegDutch Police have arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of involvement with the attacks of the MasterCard and Visa websites.

Authorities arrested the teen in The Hague Wednesday night, saying he acknowledged being involved in the cyber war against the two credit card companies' websites, according to the Dutch prosecution office. Computers and Data-storage devices were also seized.

The teenager, who authorities did not identify, remains in custody and is set to appear before a judge on Dec. 10, CBS News reports.

According to police sources, the young man admitted the crime. Police suspect he belongs 'to a larger group of hackers which is under investigation'.

A group called Anonymous, which is made up of an uncertain number of anti-censorship hackers, has so far managed to temporarily disable the website of Mastercard and Visa.

WikiLeaks' release of its third tranche of leaked secret US government documents - US diplomatic cables from the US State Department - has provoked a type of cyber warfare as critics of the leaks also try to shut down the WikiLeaks website by overwhelming it with targetted log-ons. WikiLeaks supporters, however, seem ready to retaliate, Sify reports.


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