FBI tip-off leads to South Yorkshire computer hacking arrest

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A TIP-OFF from the FBI in America is believed to have led police to raid a home in Doncaster in the worldwide hunt for international computer hackers.

Metropolitan Police officers swooped on an address in Mexborough on Thursday in connection with online attacks by hacking gangs Anonymous and LulzSec, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

A 24-year-old Mexborough man was arrested and spent the night in custody at a South Yorkshire Police station before being questioned yesterday.

At the same time a 20-year-old man living in Warminster, Wiltshire, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

Scotland Yard said the arrests were part of a continuing investigation in collaboration with the FBI, South Yorkshire Police and other law enforcement bodies.

They are looking into the activities of the suspected hacking gangs Anonymous and LulzSec, especially in connection with suspected offences under the cover of an online identity, Kayla.

A spokesman said the men were arrested separately at addresses in Mexborough and Warminster.

He said the Doncaster address had been searched by police.

Computer equipment was removed for forensic examination.

South Yorkshire Police say they played no part in the Mexborough arrest but had been informed of the operation.

Det Insp Mark Raymond from the Metropolitan Police’s Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU), said: “The arrests relate to our inquiries into a series of serious computer intrusions and online denial-of-service attacks recently suffered by a number of multi-national companies, public institutions and government and law enforcement agencies in Great Britain and the United States.

“We are working to detect and bring before the courts those responsible for these offences, to disrupt such groups, and to deter others thinking of participating in this type of criminal activity.”

In a separate but similar investigation into hacking, two men were today charged over online attacks by international hacking gang Anonymous, Scotland Yard said.

Authorities around the world have been rounding up suspects following a wave of attacks by both groups on corporations and institutions, including Amazon, the CIA, US Senate and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency.