Durham Police website attack: Man arrested

A man has been arrested after the Durham Police website was hacked.

The server was targeted on 19 October, but the force said that in the interests of security it could not give specific details.

A 21-year-old man, from South Shields, is being questioned under the Computer Misuse Act.

The arrest operation was carried out by the newly-formed Regional Cyber Crime Unit - part of the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

A NERSOU spokeswoman said they had arrested "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."

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