Dutch Sites Attacked after Hacker's Arrest

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A police spokesman says hackers have attacked the websites for Dutch police and prosecutors, a day after the arrest of a 16-year-old in The Hague for involvement in a cyberattack on several prominent financial payment websites.

National Police Service spokesman Dennis Janus says the "hacktivist" group Anonymous "tried to take down" the two sites, apparently using a so-called denial of service attack.

Both sites were sporadically online Friday.

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National Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Desiree Wilhelm says prosecutors are investigating the problems with their website.

Prosecutors said the young hacker police arrested Thursday confessed to participating in attacks by WikiLeaks sympathizers on websites including MasterCard, PayPal and Visa, among others.