British authorities have arrested a man in England and seized electronic and digital devices, in connection with a recent spate of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks aimed at Sony and Microsoft.
A DDoS attack essentially overwhelms the target with a deluge of random data, thus causing the network to crash. In this case, the effect of the attack meant that PlayStation and Xbox gamers couldn’t access online services.
Now, the U.K.’s South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has revealed that it swooped on an 18-year-old man this morning, who lived in the small seaside town of Southport, near Liverpool. He was arrested on suspicion of:
Unauthorised access to computer material contrary to section 1 of Computer Misuse Act 1990
Unauthorised access with intent to commit further offences contrary to section 2 of Computer Misuse Act 1990
Threats to kill contrary to Section 16 of Offences against the person Act 1861
The SEROCU Cyber Crime Unit was supported by Titan ROCU (North West Regional Organised Crime Unit) in the arrest, though it also worked closely with the FBI for the broader operation.
“This investigation is a good example of joint law enforcement cooperation in relation to a type of criminality that is not restricted by any geographical boundaries,” said Craig Jones, Head of the Cyber Crime Unit at SEROCU. “We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done. We will continue to work closely with the FBI to identify those to who commit offences and hold them to account.”