British police have arrested and charged a 15-year-old teenager from Plympton, Plymouth. The boy was taken into custody at his parents’ house on Monday, November 16.
According to police reports, the teen hacker launched several DDoS attacks from his home against companies and servers in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.
Additionally, the hacker also made several bomb threats against North American airlines. He used social media to deliver his warnings.
Because he’s a minor, the Devon & Cornwall Police did not reveal his name, but the youngster was freed on bail by his parents and will face a judge before Plymouth Youth Court on Friday, December 18.
Official charges have been brought against the teenager under the Section 51 of the Criminal Law Act (two offenses for the bomb threats) and Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act (three offenses for the DDoS attacks).
Previously, UK police had arrested several teens in connection with the high-profile TalkTalk data breach. This is an unrelated case but still raises questions about the UK youth’s predilection to cyber-crime.
With so many hacking tools available online, many teens find it extremely easy to launch large-scale attacks on “anyone who annoys them.”
Things may have been made worse yesterday, when, in an attempt to increase attacks on ISIS members, the Anonymous hacktivism group published a noob’s guide to hacking.