A 15-year-old British boy has been charged with conducting DDoS attacks against international websites and planting bomb hoaxes with respect to U.S. airlines.
According to the BBC, the boy, who lives in Plymouth, is accused of launching targeted DDoS attacks against websites based in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. He is also charged with having allegedly placed bomb hoaxes for a number of U.S. airlines using social media.
Those charges, which include three offenses under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act and two offenses under Section 51 of the Criminal Law Act, follow an investigation by the Regional Cyber Crime Unit of Devon and Cornwall Police.
The boy has been released on bail and is set to appear in front of the Plymouth Youth Court on December 18th.
This teenager is not the only UK boy to have been recently arrested for conducting targeted attacks in the digital space.
Last month, the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit arrested four individuals, with ages ranging from 15- to 20-years-old, on suspicion that they were connected to the breach against the UK telecommunications provider TalkTalk, an incident which compromised 156,959 customers’ personal information and 15,656 banking details, and that they had therefore violated the Computer Misuse Act.
All four have since been released on bail.
The youngest to have been arrested has since filed a lawsuit against three UK national newspapers—The Sun, The Daily Mail, and The Telegraph–for having published personal details, including his name, in their featured articles. Google and Twitter have also been named in a separate lawsuit that pertains to invasions of the boy’s privacy.
No personal information is believed to have been published about the 15-year-old from Plymouth other than his age. Additionally, law enforcement officers have stated that the boy’s crimes are not believed at this time to be connected with the breach against TalkTalk.