The investigation surrounding the DDoS attacks that crippled Xbox Live and especially the PlayStation Network over the holidays continues.
Now, an 18-year-old in Southport, a seaside town in Merseyside, England, has been arrested as part of that investigation.
He's being held "on suspicion of unauthorized access to computer material, unauthorized access with intent to commit further offenses, and 'threats to kill.'" The Thames Valley Police confirmed with GameSpot that this arrest is in connection with the aforementioned DDoS attacks. There's also suspicion of "swatting," where someone makes a phony emergency call to police.
Authorities seized plenty of "electronic and digital devices," which will be examined by forensics units. Said SEROCU Cyber Crime Unit boss Craig Jones:
"This investigation is a good example of joint law enforcement cooperation in relation to a type of criminality that is not restricted by any geographical boundaries.
We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done. We will continue to work closely with the FBI to identify those to who commit offences and hold them to account."
This doesn't help my belief that these perpetrators are just sad little pimply-faced losers sitting at home, thinking they'll change the world by being cyber criminals. Have they even arrested anyone over the age of 20 for this crap yet? Yeah, figures.