x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Hackers target police websites over WikiLeaks arrest

The Dutch police admit to efforts by hackers to take down two websites.

THE HAGUE // A police spokesman said hackers have attacked the websites for Dutch police and prosecutors, a day after the arrest of a 16-year-old in The Hague for involvement in a cyberattack on several prominent financial payment websites.

The National Police Service spokesman Dennis Janus says the "hacktivist" group Anonymous "tried to take down" the two sites, apparently using a so-called denial of service attack.

Both sites were sporadically online Friday.

National Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Desiree Wilhelm says prosecutors are investigating the problems with their website.

Prosecutors said the young hacker police arrested on Thursday has confessed to participating in attacks by WikiLeaks sympathisers on websites including MasterCard, PayPal and Visa, among others.