Authorities Arrest UK Man in Xbox and PlayStation Attacks

A man from the UK was arrested as part of the investigation into the DDoS attacks on Xbox and PlayStation networks.

Both were knocked offline during December. Authorities alleged the DDoS attack was carried out by Lizard Squad a hacking group.

Officers from the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit or SEROCU, in the UK arrested a man this week who is 18 and from England.

The teen was detained on a number of charges including unauthorized access to material on a computer with the intent to commit more offenses.

During the raid that took place at his home, many digital and electronic devices were confiscated.

SEROCU, still just beginning their investigation, said they would continue cooperating with the U.S. FBI and Britain’s Titan ROCU.

Authorities in the UK called the arrest of the teen a significant one due to the seriousness of the alleged crime that was carried out on a national as well as international level.

The arrest, said authorities, demonstrates that those who are committing crimes cannot hide behind a false perception that they are protected inside their homes or behind anonymous online personas.

Neither the U.S. Justice Department of the FBI responded to requests to have an official statement.

According to the head of the SEROCU cyber crime unit, the teen who was arrested was accused of falsely reporting a crime in order for law enforcement to appear at a location often with their guns drawn and in tactical gear.

In this particular case, officials received phone calls that were fake through Skype about a major incident in the U.S. in which SWAT teams had been dispatched.

Authorities said that cyber crimes do not have any boundaries and affect people locally, regionally and on a global level as well.

SEROCU has asked that anyone with any information regarding any cyber offense to report as many details as possible to the Crimestoppers or Action Fraud hotline.

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