Cyber Beat Daily: Arrest in Recent Spamhaus Cyberattack + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 4/26 include a hacking arrest, new cyberattack, Snapchat sexting investigation, social media flash mob crackdown, Bradley Manning, death threat texts, Redditor lawsuit, copyright reform proposal, and DRM and the next Xbox.

Summary of stories:  an arrest in the recent Spamhaus attack, Snapchat at center of a school sexting investigation, the first taxi hailing app approved, IL cracks down on social media ‘flash mobs’, Bradley Manning Named – then unnamed – as San Francisco Gay Pride Parade Grand Marshal, major cyberattack on LivingSocial, mom disturbed by text death threat prank, bus company threatens Redditor with lawsuit, 5 ways Congress should improve the copyright system, Amazon and the online sales tax, and DRM decisions on next Xbox will be left to publishers.

Read below for these stories and more.

Featured Story.

An arrest Friday in the so-called “biggest attack ever on the internet.”

From the Spamhaus website:

“The Spamhaus Project offers congratulations and its sincere thanks to the Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM), the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) of the Dutch Police Services Agency (KLPD),
and any and all other entities involved in the recent arrest announced
in regard to the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on
Spamhaus in March 2013. The record-breaking attacks were initially
directed at Spamhaus infrastructure such as websites, mailservers and
nameservers. Then, over the course of the following two weeks, the
attacks escalated to targeting Spamhaus’ supporting networks and
services including various Internet exchanges. While the DDoS caused
disruptions to our organization and its hosts and partners, the flow of
the Spamhaus anti-spam data that protects over 1.7 billion mailboxes worldwide was never interrupted.

“Is suspect identified as “SK” actually CyberBunker affiliate Sven Olaf Kamphuis? Likely.”

Police arrest suspect accused of “unprecedented” DDoS attack on Spamhaus


Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.


This is becoming a trend…

Snapchat app at center of school sexting investigation

…and it’s disturbing.

Teacher charged after nude photo found on cellphone

My arms are really thankful for this.

After long battle, Uber becomes first taxi app to get approved in New York City

I thought this was a modern day version of “Footloose” until I got to the gangs part…

IL Senate cracks down on social media ‘flash mobs’

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

This seemed like a really bad decision…but then…

Bradley Manning Named San Francisco Gay Pride Parade Grand Marshal

…on second thought…it was.

WikiLeaks Suspect Won’t Be SF Pride Parade Marshal


No deals for you…

LivingSocial cyber attack may affect 50 million customers


Getting dozens of texts like, “Pay $5,000 or be killed” strikes me as more than “annoying.”

Mother Of 3 Files Complaint With Police After Text Death Threat Prank

Law and Order.

At least it wasn’t the /b/ board. 

Express to Internet Hate: Bus company threatens redditor with lawsuit; Update: Pleading misunderstanding of Reddit, lawyer changes mind

“A powerful congressman wants a “comprehensive review.” Here are our suggestions.”

Five ways Congress should improve the copyright system

While we’re on the subject of the Marketplace Fairness Act

Why Amazon Wants To Make You Pay Sales Tax


“Rumors point to easy video sharing, new Achievements system.”

Report: DRM decisions on next Xbox will be left to publishers