Teen arrested in UK for Playstation and Xbox attacks
The 18-year-old man, who was not identified, was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized access to computer material and threats to kill.
LONDON — Authorities in Britain have arrested an 18-year-old man accused of computer hacking offenses related to days of disruption on Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live services last year.
Police said Friday he was also arrested in connection with false threats in the United States — a practice known as "swatting," or providing false information suggesting that a threat exists so that police respond with SWAT teams. Authorities declined to say where in the United States the alleged offense occurred.
Craig Jones, head of the police cybercrime unit that handled the arrest, the "swatting" allegation involves "law enforcement forces in the United States receiving hoax calls via Skype for a major incident in which SWAT teams were dispatched."
The man, who was not identified, was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized access to computer material and threats to kill. Police seized a variety of electronic and digital devices at the suspect's home for further investigation by specialty units.