15-year-old British boy charged over international cyber-attacks and airline bomb hoaxes

A British teenager has been charged over a series of cyber-attacks that targeted websites around the world, along with fake bomb threats against US-based airlines.

The 15-year-old boy, from Plymouth, southwest England, was charged on Monday with three offences under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act, and two offences under Section 51 of the Criminal Law Act, following an investigation by the Regional Cyber Crime Unit of Devon and Cornwall Police.

As BBC News reports, the charges relate to DDoS attacks on websites in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, as well as bomb hoaxes made against American airlines on social media. However, according to police, the charges are not connected to the recent cyber-attack against UK broadband and pay-TV giant TalkTalk.

The boy has been released on police bail, to appear before Plymouth Youth Court on December 18.

Source: BBC News | Hacker at work image via Shutterstock

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