Hacker who launched Cyber Attack on Brussels Airport arrested


Law Enforcement teams from Brussels- Belgium in coordination with FBI officials have arrested a teenager from the United States for launching a cyber attack on Brussels Airport in 2016 hours after the suicide bombings. However, FBI agents have confirmed that the 14-year-old boy who is an American National has nothing to do with terrorist organizations or their activities.

The teenager was arrested for hacking Zaventem airport’s website and computer database in March 2016. On being interrogated, the boy admitted that he was involved in the said cyber crime, but had no criminal intention behind it.

FBI’s report further adds that the boy made 2 defeated attempts to break into the airport’s website and infiltrate its computer system on March 22nd and 23rd of 2016. 

What coincided with this activity was the attempt of three suicide bombers hitting the Zaventem Airport a few hours before the cyber hack killing 32 people and causing a lot of financial damage.

Normally, tech geeks and some groups launch such cyber attacks in order to warn the organizations about the security vulnerabilities. They mostly do it for fun or fame, while some indulge in such activities for criminal purposes.

Though the teen arrested by the law enforcement officials also said the same to the Belgian Federal Public Prosecutor, FBI says that there is enough evidence to prove that the teen was somehow involved in the Paris bomb attacks which killed 130 people on November 13th,2015.

Note- The officials are keeping the name of the pupil under wraps for obvious reasons. 

It has to be notified over here that the State of California has passed out a recent law which treats cyber crime as heinous and those indulging in such activities could face a jail term or even a death sentence.

Thus, in order to bring down the cyber criminals count, maybe it’s time for the other states to follow the newly formulated law of California.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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