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UK: 18-year-old student arrested in international cyberattack

Jack Chappell is accused of supplying software that crashes websites by flooding them with data and with running a help-desk for cyber criminals.

world Updated: Jul 03, 2017 23:51 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Associated Press, London
Cyberattacks,Cyber criminal,National Crime Agency
Jack Chappell is charged with a series of cyberattacks. He is also accused of assisting hackers in a 2015 attack on NatWest.

An 18-year-old student in northwestern England has been charged in a series of cyberattacks on the websites of nearly a dozen multinational firms.

Jack Chappell is accused of supplying software that crashes websites by flooding them with data and with running a help-desk for cyber criminals.

West Midlands Police said in a statement that “Chappell allegedly attacked the websites of T-Mobile, EE, Vodafone, O2, BBC, BT, Amazon, Netflix, Virgin Media and the National Crime Agency.”

He is also accused of assisting hackers in a 2015 attack on NatWest.

The force’s cybercrime unit worked with the FBI, Israeli Police and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre during the investigation.

Chappell has been charged alongside an American citizen.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 22:14 IST