Police have arrested a north east man as part of a national week long crackdown on cyber crime.
On Thursday, March 5, officers from the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) arrested a 51-year-old man in Houghton.
The man was arrested on suspicion of gaining unauthorised access to computer material - the arrest followed an allegation that a company website had been hacked back in January.
The 51-year-old man has been bailed pending further enquiries.
The activity is part of Operation Bloodleaf and was carried out by cyber investigators from NERSOU.
It forms part of the National Crime Agency (NCA) 'cyber crime week' where the NCA, together with a range of partners from across law enforcement, industry and the public sector, have been carrying out a range of activity to help businesses and members of the public guard against cyber crime.
A NERSOU spokeswoman said: "We're delighted to have been working with the NCA as part of their national operation to tackle cybercrime.
"Although this is part of a week long push it will continue as daily business for police forces throughout the country.
"Our aim is to root out those cyber criminals who are taking satisfaction from bringing down organisational networks, hacking into people’s systems, and deploying sophisticated malware to leave systems vulnerable.
"I would urge communities and businesses across the region to start to become cyber smart. Update your passwords and anti-virus regularly, and never open an unsolicited e-mail or attachment because that could leave your network vulnerable to attack"
For more information on protecting yourself from cyber attacks and online security information visit www.getsafeonline.org