A teenager has been arrested by detectives investigating the world’s biggest cyber attack, it has emerged.
The 16-year-old Briton was picked up at his home after a hacking assault so large it slowed down the internet for users across the world.
‘The suspect was found with his computer systems open and logged on to various virtual systems and forums,’ said Home Office minister James Brokenshire.
‘Financial investigators, who found significant sums of money flowing through his bank account, are in the process of restraining monies.’
The boy was arrested by officers from the National Cyber Crime Unit, after the Dutch anti-spam watchdog, Spamhaus, was targeted in March.
The ‘distributed denial of service attack’ prompted an international investigation that also saw the arrest of a 35-year-old Dutchman, named only as SK, who was living in Spain.
He is said to have operated from the back of a customised van ‘equipped with various antennas to scan frequencies’.
Spamhaus, which allows internet users to filter out unsolicited content from emails, has provoked anger and lawsuits from organisations on its blacklist.
It is thought the attack may have been intended as revenge.
The Briton’s alleged involvement was revealed at a briefing ahead of the launch of the National Crime Agency.
He is free on bail following his arrest in south London in April. Computers and mobile phones have been seized from him.
The new agency will be directly answerable to the home secretary when it begins operating at the end of the year. It will also house the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
Source Metro News.