MERSEYSIDE MAN ARRESTED FOR CYBER-ATTACKS AGAINST BANK AND COUNCIL WEBSITES July 29th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments MERSEYSIDE MAN ARRESTED FOR CYBER-ATTACKS AGAINST BANK AND COUNCIL WEBSITES Police investigating a series of cyber attacks against bank and council websites have this morning arrested a man from Bootle. Officers from the e-crime unit at ‘Titan’, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, executed a warrant under the Computer Misuse Act at a house in Farmer Place. At the address they arrested a 50-year-old man on suspicion of offences under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act (1990). He was taken to a police station on Merseyside where he has been questioned by detectives. Computer and other equipment was seized.The warrant was executed as part of an on-going investigation by the regional e-crime unit, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) Cyber department* and the Police Central e-Crime unit (PCeU), into attacks on several websites earlier this month and June.On July 7 and 8, two seperate ‘denial of service’ attacks were launched against the customer-facing websites of two multi-national banks. The attacks disrupted the websites for around 40 minutes on each evening. The previous month, a council website in the north of England had been disrupted for two hours one afternoon using the same tactic. Two days earlier (on June 7), a website provider for an advisory service providing advice about family court matters was attacked. The server was flooded with hostile traffic which blocked genuine users of the site for four hours. The organisations in all four cases have suffered as a result of customers or service-users being unable to access their websites, financial losses from getting IT specialists to rectifiy the problem, and reputational damage. Detective Chief Inspector Janet Hudson, who leads the North-west’s e-crime unit, which is part of TITAN, the regional organised crime unit, said: “Today’s arrest is the result of a highly complex but fast-developing investigation by specialist investigators both here in the North-west and elsewhere in the UK. Four large organisations have suffered as a result of these cyber-attacks with the services they provide badly affected for lengthy periods. These attacks caused worry and concern – no-one knew how long they would last or if the damage could be repaired. This is the impact of cyber-crime – it is not a victimless crime. It affects real people with real businesses and this arrest shows the police and other agencies can and will take action against suspected offenders.” Related Comments comments!