Police have today raided the home of a suspected internet hacker who targeted Durham Constabulary’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 Constabulary’s website was targeted on October 19th with an attack on the server of the website.
Today’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: “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 cybercrime”
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.