A 29-year-old British man has confessed to carrying out a cyber-attack on Deutsche Telekom’s routers last year, claiming he had acted on behalf of a Liberian telecommunications company but that his mission had got out of hand.
Speaking via a translator at a court in Cologne, the man, who was arrested under a European arrest warrant at Luton airport in February, described it as the “biggest mistake of my life”.
The November attack hijacked about 900,000 routers and briefly stopped their owners getting online, affecting about 1.25 million Deutsche Telekom customers. The Bonn-based company estimated the cost of the attack to have been more than €2m (£1.79m).
The man, who goes under the online pseudonym “Spiderman”, said he had taken on the commission for a fee of $10,000 (£7,700) because he wanted to marry his fiancee and needed money for a “good start into married life”.
The Liberian telecommunications company that commissioned the attack had not asked him to hack Deutsche Telekom, the man said, but wanted to create a “botnet”, a worldwide network of hijacked machines, with which to knock out a competing business via a further attack.
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Source: The Guardian