Student arrested for Vietnamese denial-of-service attack

Graham Cluley
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According to local media reports, a high school student has been arrested by authorities in Vietnam in connection with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on websites in the country.

According to investigators, the student – who has not been named – encouraged friends to infect computers in internet cafes with malware-infected USB memory sticks, turning them and other PCs into a 1000-strong botnet.

From his personal computer at his house in the central province of Quang Nam, the student is then said to have ordered the army of compromised computers to flood several popular websites, including and, with traffic – effectively blasting them off the internet earlier this month.

According to Tran Van Hoa, head of the official Hi-tech Crime unit (known as C15), the Vietnamese government are hoping to pass a law saying that anyone…

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