Tags: hacking | global | UK | web | Sony

UK Man Arrested in Global Hacking Probe

Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 02:35 PM

 

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
LONDON — British police investigating a series of computer hacking attacks on international companies and intelligence agencies said on Tuesday they had arrested a 19-year-old man in eastern England.

London's Metropolitan Police, working with America's FBI, said they had arrested the teenager in the town of Wickford, close to the British capital, on suspicion of computer misuse and fraud offences.

He is being investigated in connection with an attack on a website run by the British police Serious Organised Crime Agency, which targets organised crime in Britain and overseas, police said.

His computer is being checked for other possible attacks including against Japanese electronics company Sony Corp .

"The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial of service attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group," the London force said.

It said forensic officers were now examining "a significant amount of material" following searches at the home where the arrest took place.

The man is being held at a central London police station.

Hackers have carried out a series of attacks on international firms and organizations in recent weeks, including the International Monetary Fund, Lockheed Martin Corp., Citigroup Inc., Google, and Michaels Stores.

The loosely organised hacker group Lulz Security has claimed hacks into websites owned by Sony as well as the U.S. Public Broadcasting Service and Fox.com. Fox is a unit of News Corp .

The Serious Organised Crime Agency's website, which is used purely for public information, went down for a short time on Monday before being brought back up. Like many others, it probably was a denial-of-service attack in which Lulz hackers bombarded the site with so many messages that it went offline.

Hackers would not have had access to confidential data or information about ongoing operations, an agency spokesman said.

Lulz has sought to punish Sony for failing to secure data and released the data of its customers, exposing them to potential identity theft.

The group also has hacked into a U.S. Senate server and claimed responsibility for temporarily knocking offline the CIA's public website.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

State Dept.'s Nuland to Newsmax: Sanctions Reined Putin In

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 22:10 PM

Without the tough sanctions the U.S. and its allies placed on Russia last year and the faltering Russian economy, Vladim . . .

Attkisson: CDC Not Telling Public About Possible Ebola Cases

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 23:40 PM

The government is not telling the public about all the possible cases of Ebola it is monitoring in the United States, sa . . .

Atlanta US Attorney Yates Tapped for Deputy AG

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 17:46 PM

President Barack Obama is preparing to nominate the top federal prosecutor in Atlanta to the No. 2 position at the Justi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved