The United Kingdom’s Metropolitan Police has arrested a 41-year-old individual from Stoke-on-Trent on suspicion of being involved in the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks launched by hackers against the official website of Home Secretary Theresa May.
Back in May 2012, hacktivists launched DDOS attacks on the site of Theresa May as a form of protest against extradition laws.
The attacks were conducted by numerous hackers. However, it seems that at least one of them has failed to properly cover his tracks.
According to TechWeek Europe, authorities are accusing the man of violating the Serious Crime Act of 2007 by assisting or encouraging cybercrimes. Phones, storage units and computers have been seized from his residence.
“The activity this morning demonstrates the commitment of the PCeU and our colleagues to combat cyber criminality anywhere within the UK and take action against those responsible,” PCeU representatives explained.
“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.”
The suspect has been released on bail.