Police arrest Belgian teenager for hacking

Belgian teenager has been arrested for hacking and temporarily shutting down the federal police web site, leaving a mocking on-line note which helped identify him, an AFP report, quoting police said.


The AFP report said the 17-year-old boy was questioned and released over the weekend after the web site was shut down last week.

It was the first time that the Internet site, with its French and Dutch versions, was the target of a hacker attack, the report said.


According to the regional Sud Presse newspapers, which broke the story, a message in French was posted on the site saying: 'The Spycheck Team must be happy that a boy of 17 has hacked the Belgian police web site.'


The adolescent was arrested last week following a search of his home in the Brussels suburb of Rhode-Saint-Genese, the AFP report added.

He was released the same evening after appearing before an investigating magistrate, a federal police spokesman told AFP. He will later be summoned to appear in a minors court.