Police have today raided the home of a suspected internet hacker who targeted Durham Constabularyâ€™s website.
The suspect, aged 21 was taken from a property on Halstead Place, South Shields, South Tyneside, just after 7am .
He was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act and will be interviewed by detectives.
Durham Constabularyâ€™s website was targeted on October 19th with an attack on the server of the website.
Todayâ€™s operation was carried out by the newly-formed Regional Cyber Crime Unit which is part of the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) covering Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland police forces.
A NERSOU spokeswoman said: â€œToday we have made an arrest of a young man whom we suspect is behind the Denial of Service attack on the Durham Constabulary website.
â€œThese 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.
â€œWe take these types of attacks very seriously.
â€œWeâ€™ve been set up to tackle high level cyber-attacks and weâ€™re here to protect businesses and members of the public.
â€œThe public should be safe in the knowledge that our unit are a dedicated team of detectives here to robustly tackle the threat of cybercrimeâ€
A Durham Police spokesman said that in the interests of security, the force could not give specific details of the offence, or the steps put in place to prevent a similar event happening again.