On Friday 31st October 2014, a suspected computer hacker was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act after an attack on the server of Durham Constabulary’s website.
The operation was carried out by the newly formed Regional Cyber Crime Unit and the following statement released to the press.
“Today we have made an arrest of a young man whom we suspect is behind the Denial of Service attack on the Durham Constabulary website.
“These types of attacks are incredibly disruptive and as we move into a more cyber-based world, they deny genuine users of websites access to information they may need very quickly. “
“We take these types of attacks very seriously. “
“We’ve been set up to tackle high level cyber-attacks and we’re here to protect businesses and members of the public. “
The spokesman added: “The public should be safe in the knowledge that our unit are a dedicated team of detectives here to robustly tackle the threat of cybercrime.”
A spokesman for Durham Police said that in the interests of security, the force could not give specific details of the offence, or the steps put in place to prevent a similar event happening again.