Police arrest suspected UK hacker after international operation

September 20, 2002 Sophos Press Release

Sophos, a world leader in corporate anti-virus protection, has welcomed the increasing co-operation between international computer crime units towards fighting cyber crime. This follows the arrest of a British man suspected of writing and distributing the T0rn rootkit, a tool created to aid the hacking of Linux servers.

Scotland Yard, in co-operation with the FBI, have arrested a 21 year old man in the London suburb of Surbiton under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Computer equipment was seized from his home and is currently being analysed by officers from Scotland Yard.

"Hackers, viruses and worms do not recognise national boundaries; a computer in San Francisco could be broken into by a youth in a leafy Surrey back bedroom," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "It is encouraging to see the US and UK authorities working together to help stamp out computer crime. Let's hope that if guilty, a suitable punishment is handed out that acts as a deterrent to other cybercrime wannabes."

The man, who has not been named, has been bailed pending further inquiries.