Police yesterday arrested a 28-year-old man from East London on suspicion of attempting to hack into the website of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC). The New Year’s Eve attack on the site of the organisation co-ordinating efforts to help support victims of the Asian tsunami disaster failed.
The attack was blocked by BT, hosts of the secure payment page of the website, which notified the Metropolitan Police Service about the assault. Scotland Yard’s subsequent investigation lead to the arrest of a suspect at an address in the Bishopsgate area of London by officers from the Met’s Computer Crime Unit yesterday.
What an idiot. How can someone be so heartless as to try to hack into a site like that?
Then again, he didn’t seem to make a good job of it – a proper hacker would have actually got in and wouldn’t have got caught so quickly.