North East Regional Special Operations Unit

Operation Devonshire Conviction

News / August 01

A CYBER criminal has been jailed for targeting a number of corporate websites, including that of Durham Constabulary.

A CYBER criminal has been jailed for targeting a number of corporate websites, including that of Durham Constabulary.

Today at Newcastle Crown Court, Paul Dixon, 23, of the Avenue, Seaham, was given a suspended sentence after admitting five offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. 

Paul Dixon

Dixon was given 2 years imprisonment for a denial of service attack on British Airways, and 12 months concurrent for attacks on Durham Constabulary, Police Scotland and CeX all suspended for 2 years.

Dixon was also given a supervision order for 12 months

Dixon committed denial of service attacks against websites belonging to British Airways, CEX, Police Scotland and Durham Constabulary in October 2014.

The case was investigated by officers from the cyber crime unit based in NERSOU(North East Regional Special Operations Unit).

Detective Constable Greg Hodgson from NERSOU said: “This is a serious crime which targeted police forces and international companies and could have had severe consequences.

“It is important that this case sends out a clear message to others who may be tempted to commit cybercrime from the comfort of their home that you risk swapping your bedroom for a prison cell.

"Criminality is now no longer solely on the streets but that does not mean we cannot trace you and bring you to justice.

"Each force in the North East has dedicated cyber units, supported NERSOU(North East Regional Special Operations Unit) and nationally by the NCA (National Crime Agency).

“We are also working at local, regional and national level with partners to educate people about cyber-crime and personal safety online, as this is our best chance of preventing offences from being committed and beating cyber-crime long-term.

"To support this, further work is underway on identification and diversion of individuals from cyber crime."

© NERSOU 2014