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British police arrest teen boys for terror leak

British police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the release of recorded conversations between staff on the anti-terrorist hotline.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2012 00:37 IST

British police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the release of recorded conversations between staff on the anti-terrorist hotline.

Hacking group Team Poison uploaded a four-minute recording, apparently of conversations between staff manning the confidential service allowing people to report suspicious behaviour, to YouTube on Thursday.

London's Metropolitan Police said they were satisfied the recordings were not obtained through hacking.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said detectives from the Central e-Crime Unit were questioning the youths, aged 16 and 17, in the West Midlands, central England.

They were arrested on suspicion of offences under the Malicious Communications Act and the Computer Misuse Act.

In the recordings, a man can be heard saying that the hotline had received about 700 hoax calls "from a group called Team Poison". Scotland Yard said conversations between staff had been recorded, but said "any recording would have been made via the receiving handset only and not from an attack on internal systems".