Feeds

Cambridge IT guy 'was the Spanish Guy Fawkes', say cops

Techie allegedly plotted to blow up king

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

A Cambridge IT worker known locally as "Cyril" was actually a wanted terrorist who plotted to kill the King of Spain, according to police.

Scotland Yard announced last week that Spanish national Eneko Gogeaskoetxea Arronategui, 44, had been arrested by armed cops in a "pro-active, intelligence-led operation" which saw the British plods act on a European Arrest Warrant at the request of Spanish authorities.

According to the warrant, Arronategui is wanted in Spain for "participation in an armed gang; attempted assassination of the King; terrorism resulting in death; possession of weapons; theft and forgery," with the offences dating from 1997.

Reportedly, Arronategui used the name Cyril Macq while living in Cambridge with his family and working in IT. He was secretary of his local squash club and was described by his neighbours as "a gentleman" and "a regular dad", according to the Telegraph.

Spanish police contend that the squash-playing, gentlemanly IT type was a prime mover in the 1997 plot by Basque separatist group Eta to kill King Juan Carlos of Spain by bombing the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao as he visited it for opening ceremonies. The plot was foiled, though a policeman was killed in a shootout with the bombers. ®

Bootnote

We are aware of the various dissimilarities between the Gunpowder Plot and the attempt against Juan Carlos: but by all means discuss them in the comments.

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw
Energy summit bods warned of free energy bonanza
DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned
SQLi hole was hit hard, fast, and before most admins knew it needed patching
Knock Knock tool makes a joke of Mac AV
Yes, we know Macs 'don't get viruses', but when they do this code'll spot 'em
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android
As if the civilians who never change access point passwords will ever opt out of this one
Why weasel words might not work for Whisper
CEO suspends editor but privacy questions remain
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.