Website hacking arrest

09 March 2012

New Scotland Yard

In the early hours of Friday 9 March officers from the MPS, Police Central e-Crime Unit (PeCU), responded to an allegation of computer misuse by executing a search warrant at an address in Wednesbury, West Midlands.

A 27 year old man, who claims to have links to ‘Hacktivist’ group Anonymous, has been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act. He is currently in custody at a West Midlands Police Station.

"We have taken rapid action to identify and arrest a suspect involved in hacking."

The arrest by the MPS e-Crime Unit was in response to a defacement and data compromise of a website run by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). The website enables people to makes personal enquiries about contraception, abortion, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection testing and sterilisation. No medical or personal information regarding women who have received treatment at BPAS was obtainable.

The allegation was made to the MPS on Thursday 8 March.

Detective Inspector Mark Raymond from the MPS PeCU said, "We have taken rapid action to identify and arrest a suspect involved in hacking. This was done to prevent personal details of people who had requested information from the BPAS website being made public. It should be stressed that the stolen data did not contain the medical details of women who had received treatment or why individuals had contacted the British Pregnancy Advisory Service."

The Police Central e-Crime Unit are working to reduce the harm caused by organised criminals operating online and to bring those committing these offences to justice. However, we all have a role to play in protection our personal information and I would urge the public to exercise great care when supplying their personal details online - and to take the advice from Get Safe Online. (see related links)