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British man accused of masterminding German cyber attack

February 23, 2017 / The Scotsman

A British man accused of being the “mastermind” of a major cyber attack on a German telecoms giant has been arrested. The 29-year-old was stopped at Luton airport on Wednesday by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA), in a joint operation with the German federal police. In November a major internet outage affected Deutsche Telekom customers, numbering more than one million according to German police. At the time Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security said the outage was part of a worldwide attack on internet routers that exploited unsecured maintenance ports.