Website Defacer DkD, now known to be a 17 year old teenager in France, who famously compromised many hundreds of websites around the globe was arrested earlier this week on a warrant issued by French authorities.
Notable defacements include UK government site Defencebills.gov.uk [Rootsecure.net report], Kevin Mitnick’s company site defensivethinking.com [Rootsecure.net report], and many other US government / military sites.
The warrant (issued in response to the “Pas de Calais” website defacement) was executed in the form of a dawn raid Tuesday morning at 6am local time by French police from the SRPJ, and L'O.C.L.C.T.I.C. (Office Central de Lutte contre la Criminalité liée aux Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication). L'O.C.L.C.T.I.C. was created in May 2000 in order to fight emerging computer crime.
Police seized a number of items from his residents including computer equipment, cds and a diary/agenda. In a phone conversation with a reporter from French online / in-print publication ‘Zataz’, DkD said police were sympathetic and polite, but made sure he understood that he had done wrong.
While in custody, messages of support for DkD appeared on several defaced *.mil websites stating “FREE DkD[||!! Hacktivism will never die!” bearing some resemblance to what happened while Kevin Mitnick was held in prison.
DkD was released after being held for only two days, under the condition he reports back to a police station once a month, and does not use the Internet for an as yet undetermined amount of time.
The arrest will likely send a chilling reminder of the consequences to those involved with defacing websites, occasionally people are indeed caught.
Article was found here http://www.rootsecure.net/?p=reports/dkd_arrested
Defencebills.gov.uk Defaced Report http://www.rootsecure.net/?p=reports/defence_bills_defaced
The true story of how defensivethinking.com got "hacked" for a second time http://www.rootsecure.net/?p=reports/dtdefacement2