Met Police arrest alleged hacker in Essex
The Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has confirmed that it has arrested a 19 year old man. The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial of service attacks on international businesses and intelligence agencies which the police believe were carried out by the same hacking group.
The man has been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act and is currently in custody at a central London police station where he is being questioned. The arrest was part of a "pre-planned intelligence led" operation which saw an address in Wickford, Essex, searched following the arrest. There is, say the police, a significant amount of material which is currently being forensically examined. The PCeU says it has been working on the case in co-operation with the FBI.
The police confirmation did not name any particular hacking organisation. In recent weeks, many government sites around the world have been subject to DDoS attacks or network intrusions where responsibility has been claimed by LulzSec or Anonymous.