Dutch authorities arrested a 16 year old boy at his residence in The Hague late Wednesday night for his suspected involvement in hacking MasterCard and Visa websites in support of the WikiLeaks organization. Authorities also removed computers and data storage devices from the teen's home to use as evidence in the case.
Upon arrest, the teen admitted to his involvement in the "hactivism" according to Wim de Bruin, spokesman for the Dutch prosecution. The teen is now in police custody and will have his first court appearance before a judge today. Per de Bruin, the teen's lawyer confirmed his client is just one of many WikiLeaks supporters known as "hactivists" who launched "Operation Payback" following the arrest of Julian Assange for "sexual misconduct" within a Swedish court on Tuesday. WikiLeaks' supporters have also increased Internet attacks in response to the termination of services and agreements between WikiLeaks and a number of businesses, including PayPal, MasterCard, eBay, PostFinance, Amazon, and Visa.
A day following the Hague teen's arrest, a "hactivist" spokesman identified as "ColdBlood" spoke to the British Broadcasting Corp and assured: "I see this as becoming a war, but not your conventional war-this is a war of data. We're trying to keep the Internet open and free for everyone."