A 41 year old man has been arrested for hacking the website of current British home secretary, Theresa May, as well as orchestrating a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack.
He was arrested as part of a joint operation between Scotland Yard and local police officers on Tuesday and was questioned before being released on bail. However his electronics and computer equipment have been kept in custody so specialists can go over them with a fine toothed, digital comb – in an attempt to drum up evidence.
“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,” said Detective Inspector Jason Tunn of the Met’s Police Central e-Crime Unit (via Telegraph).
The attacks, which also hit the Home Office website, were orchestrated back in June, with several members of hacktivist movement Anonymous claiming that it was in response to Mrs May’s unwillingness to block the extradition of Gary McKinnon – a hacker himself – and Richard O’Dwyer, the man behind streaming link site TV Shack.
Since then McKinnon’s deportation has been blocked by Mrs May, but O’Dwyer’s fate is still unknown at this time. His family have a GoFundMe page in an attempt to drum up some legal funds to fight his extradition, if you want to help them out.
KitGuru Says: DDOS attacks might seem very aggressive, but surely they aren’t much more than a digital sit in or online human chain? They prevent access to something, they don’t destroy anything.