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UK teenager arrested for PS, Xbox DoS

January 16, 2015

A UK man has been arrested as part of an investigation into DoS attacks on Sony Playstation and Xbox systems over Christmas.

The 18-year-old was arrested at an address in Southport, near Liverpool.  He is accused of unauthorised access to computer material and knowingly providing false information to law enforcement agencies in the US.  The investigation was a joint operation between UK cybercrime units and the FBI.

Microsoft and Sony were attacked on Christmas Day, making it difficult for users to log on. The distributed-denial-of-service attack – which floods servers causing them to stop working – caused major disruptions.

Craig Jones, head of the Cyber Crime Unit at Serocu said: “This investigation is a good example of joint law enforcement co-operation in relation to a type of criminality that is not restricted by any geographical boundaries.  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 who commit offences and hold them to account.”

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