Norwegian teenagers arrested over denial-of-service attacks

Two teenagers have been arrested in Norway in connection with a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against websites in the country, and elsewhere around the world.

Norway’s National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS) has refused to go into much detail of which websites were targeted by the attacks, but news reports have suggested that victims are believed to include the Norwegian Lottery, the Norwegian Police Security Service, the Norwegian bank DNB, Germany’s Bild Magazine, and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

SOCA was hit by a high profile denial-of-service attack last week, preventing internet users from reaching it.

The motivation for the attacks is presently unclear.

The arrested teenagers, who have not been named, are aged 18 and 19 years, and are said…

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