A 17-year old from Manchester has been arrested following a denial of service attack on popular online multiplayer game Call of Duty.
The Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime unit had been investigating denial of service attacks which had severely disrupted online gameplay for owners of the game. Malware program “Phenom Booter” had been determined to be the source of the attack and traced to be on sale on web forums.
The teenager is currently in police custody under suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse act.
“Online gaming is a major retail sector with millions of titles being sold in the run-up to Christmas worldwide,” said Detective Inspector Paul Hoare of the Metropolitan Police e-Crime unit in a statement.
“Programs marketed in order to disrupt the online infrastructure not only affect individual players but have commercial and reputational consequences for the companies concerned.”
“These games attract both children and young people to the online environment and this type of crime can often be the precursor to further offending in more traditional areas of online crime.”