South Shields ‘hacker’ held over cyber attack on Durham police

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A SUSPECTED internet hacker has been arrested over a cyber attack on Durham Constabulary’s website after a raid on a house in South Shields.

The 21-year-old was led away from a block of flats on Halstead Place, South just after 7am on Friday.

He was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act and will be quizzed by detectives.

Durham Constabulary’s website was targeted by hackers on Sunday, October 19 in an attack of the site’s server.

The operation was led out by the newly-formed Regional Cyber Crime Unit.

It is part of the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) which covers Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland police forces.

A NERSOU spokeswoman said: “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 public should be safe in the knowledge that our unit are a dedicated team of detectives here to robustly tackle the threat of cyber crime.”

A Durham police spokesman said they could not reveal further details of the offence, or the steps put in place to prevent a similar event happening again in the interests of security.