‘Prince of Spam’ under global scanner

Sven Olaf Kamphuis calls himself the “minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of CyberBunker.”

Written by New York Times | New York | Published: March 31, 2013 12:24 am

Sven Olaf Kamphuis calls himself the “minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of CyberBunker.” Others see him as the Prince of Spam.

Kamphuis,actually Dutch,is at the heart of an international investigation into one of the biggest cyberattacks identified by authorities. He has not been charged with any crime and he denies direct involvement. But because of his outspoken position in a loose federation of hackers,authorities in the Netherlands and several other countries are examining what role he or the Internet companies he runs played in snarling traffic on the web this week.

He describes himself as an Internet freedom fighter,along the lines of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks,with political views that range from eccentric to offensive. His likes: German heavy metal music,“Beavis and Butt-head” and campaign to legalize medicinal marijuana. His dislikes: Jews,Luddites and authority.

Kamphuis’s current nemesis is Spamhaus,a group in Geneva that fights Internet spam by publishing blacklists of alleged offenders. But he and others call it a censor that judges what is or isn’t spam. Spamhaus acted,he wrote,“without any court verdict,just by blackmail of suppliers and Jew lies”.

The spat that rocked Internet escalated in mid-March when Spamhaus blacklisted two companies that he runs,CB3ROB,an Internet service provider,and CyberBunker,a web hosting service. Kamphuis responded by soliciting support for a hackers’ campaign to snarl Spamhaus’s Internet operations on Facebook on March 23.

The Dutch prosecutor’s office Thursday said it had opened an investigation.

Kamphuis also continued to provoke people in Facebook postings. “The Internet is puking out a cancer,please stand by while it is being removed,” he wrote.

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