UK Man Arrested Over Government Cyber Attacks

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Scotland Yard recently announced that a man has been arrested over his alleged involvement in DDoS attacks on the Web sites of UK Home Secretary Theresa May and the Home Office.

"The Met said today the Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) worked alongside officers from the East Midlands Regional Hub to apprehend a 41-year-old male on suspicion of assisting or encouraging crime contrary to the Serious Crime Act 2007," writes TechWeekEurope's Tom Brewster. "He was taken into custody at a local police station and later bailed. He is due to return on a date in mid-December for further enquiries."

"A number of items were seized from the suspect's home, including computers, telephones and media storage devices, Scotland Yard confirmed," writes Metro.co.uk's Mark Molloy. "Detective Inspector Jason Tunn said: 'Assisting and encouraging cyber crime is a serious matter and I would advise all persons to consider their actions and any possible future consequences prior to posting any material online.'"

"In April this year, people claiming to be members of the hacking group Anonymous claimed to have launched a co-ordinated attack on four websites associated with the British Government in protest at extraditions of British citizens to face trials in America, and plans to allow security services to monitor internet use and phone calls," writes The Independent's Kevin Rawlinson.

"The Met spokeswoman declined to discuss whether officers believe the man arrested in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday is an Anonymous supporter or member of any other online activist group," writes The Telegraph's Christopher Williams.