Authorities investigate CyberBunker “minister” over cyber attacks

Mar 30, 2013
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The authorities in the Netherlands and other countries are currently investigating a man whom they say is at the center of the recent cyber attacks against Spamhaus, an anti-spam group. Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who calls himself the "Minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of CyberBunker", started a war against Spamhaus because the anti-spam group blacklisted two of Kamphuis's companies, CB3ROB and CyberBunker.

The New York Times states that Kamphuis asked for support from hackers to launch attacks against Spamhaus. He wrote on his Facebook,

"Yo anons, we could use a little help in shutting down illegal slander and blackmail censorship project 'spamhaus.org,' which thinks it can dictate its views on what should and should not be on the internet.

Kamphuis later stated that he had no direct roles in the attacks against Spamhaus, and that it was actually the work of Stophaus, an anti-Spamhaus group, that was directly to blame. He states that Stophaus was also at fault for causing the internet lag that affected many consumers in the past week. Dutch authorities, however, have discovered evidence that contradicts Kamphuis's statement. Greenhost, a Dutch internet hosting service, discovered the digital footprints of one of Kamphuis's companies, CB3ROB, in the digital attack against Spamhaus.

A security specialist at the University of Amsterdam, J.P. Velders, stated, "It's very clear that he has a big role in this, even if there isn't 100 percent airtight proof that he is behind it." Velders says that authorities need to figure out how much he was involved in these cyber attacks, and how they can take action against him.

Kamphuis worked at XS4ALL, a Dutch ISP, where one of his ex co-workers stated that he was constantly reprimanded for hacking into his boss's computer system. The ex co-worker also stated that Kamphuis was a very eccentric person, and that he "hates authority in any form." Erik Bais, owner of A2B-Internet, a company that used to work with Kamphuis's company, stated that Kamphuis is "like a loose cannon" and that he doesn't have "regard for repercussions or collateral damage."

Kamphuis is currently discussing his distaste for Spamhaus publicly on his Facebook. There he states that he is an internet freedom fighter who is along the same lines as Julian Assange and that what Spamhaus is doing is censorship. He stated that Spamhaus as acted "without any court verdit, just by blackmail of suppliers and Jew lies."

[via The New York Times]


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