The UK's Metropolitan Police yesterday arrested a 45-year-old woman in London as part of an investigation into computer and phone hacking.

"The woman was arrested on suspicion of 'conspiracy to commit offences under Sections 1 and 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990,' police said, which makes it an offence to hack somebody else's computer without permission," writes The Guardian's Vikram Dodd. "She was also arrested on suspicion of breaching the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act. Scotland Yard said the woman was being questioned at a south London police station and her home had been searched."

"The arrest brings to 18 the number of people arrested under Operation Tuleta, a Metropolitan Police investigation into privacy breaches including the alleged hacking of computers and stolen mobile phones," writes The Independent's John Fahey. "The operation is being run in tandem with two other investigations: Operation Weeting, which is looking at alleged phone hacking, and Operation Elveden, an inquiry into claims of corrupt payments to public officials."

"The woman's arrest was 'not directly linked to any news organisation or the activities of journalists,' said the police," writes SC Magazine's Tom Espiner.