A 17-year-old from Manchester has been arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s e-Crime unit.
He is suspected of being behind a denial of service attack with an unusual target – an online game, the hugely popular shooter Call of Duty.
According to a report on Metro.co.uk, the youth used a program called Phenom Booter to disrupt the game’s multiplayer to the extent that publisher Activision contacted the police back in September.
They subsequently traced his IP, and tracked him down. The teenager is currently being questioned regarding the alleged offences against the Computer Misuse Act.
According to Metro.co.uk, DI Paul Hoare said in a statement: “Programmes 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.”