Follow Us

We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message

Teen arrested for hacking hundreds of KPN servers

Company suspended 2 million email accounts

Article comments

Dutch police have arrested the teen accused of sowing a period of chaos in national telecoms giant KPN that ended up with the company suspending customer access to 2 million email accounts.

Using the nicknames ‘xS’, ‘Yoshioka’ and ‘Yui’, the unamed 17 year-old is accused of launching attacks on a variety of organisations, including Norway's Trondheim University and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in addition to several hundred KPN servers on 16 January.

The youth is said by prosecutors to have confessed to the hacks after being picked up on 20 March at his home in the town of Barendrecht along with laptops, an encrypted PC and other storage media.

It is the KPN attacks that had the most dramatic effects after the details of 539 user accounts turned up on Pastebin in early February. Aware for some days that their servers had been hacked and fearing a serious breach, KPN’s admins suspended access to the company’s 2 million email accounts as a precaution.

This now appears to have been unnecessary. The leaked account details had been stolen from the Baby-Dump.nl website by a separate hacker. The arrested suspect is accused of trading stolen credit card data.

KPN has been left severely embarrassed by events that saw a youngster access its core routers at will and its customers denied email service after a possible over-reaction. With 2 million account holders made to change their passwords, the company found itself making an unusual public apology and offering token compensation.

The server breach followed a serious incident in November 2011 when the company had to suspend issuing SSL certificates after its sales system was apparently undermined.

The company has now said it will create a cybersecurity unit headed by a chief security officer to avoid a repeat of the incursions.



Share:

More from Techworld

More relevant IT news

Comments

Eric said: So many teens are doing these things and wasting their lives bad about it



Send to a friend

Email this article to a friend or colleague:

PLEASE NOTE: Your name is used only to let the recipient know who sent the story, and in case of transmission error. Both your name and the recipient's name and address will not be used for any other purpose.

Techworld White Papers

Choose – and Choose Wisely – the Right MSP for Your SMB

End users need a technology partner that provides transparency, enables productivity, delivers...

Download Whitepaper

10 Effective Habits of Indispensable IT Departments

It’s no secret that responsibilities are growing while budgets continue to shrink. Download this...

Download Whitepaper

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving

Enterprise information archiving is contributing to organisational needs for e-discovery and...

Download Whitepaper

Advancing the state of virtualised backups

Dell Software’s vRanger is a veteran of the virtualisation specific backup market. It was the...

Download Whitepaper

Techworld UK - Technology - Business

Innovation, productivity, agility and profit

Watch this on demand webinar which explores IT innovation, managed print services and business agility.

Techworld Mobile Site

Access Techworld's content on the move

Get the latest news, product reviews and downloads on your mobile device with Techworld's mobile site.

Find out more...

From Wow to How : Making mobile and cloud work for you

On demand Biztech Briefing - Learn how to effectively deliver mobile work styles and cloud services together.

Watch now...

Site Map

* *