Two Brits ar­rested for con­spir­acy to hack Mi­crosoft

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THE UK’S SOUTH East Re­gional Or­gan­ised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has ar­rested two men for con­spir­acy to gain unau­tho­rised ac­cess to the Mi­crosoft net­work.

SEROCU says that it ex­e­cuted two war­rants in Lin­colnshire and Berk­shire, and ar­rested one 22-year-old man from Lin­colnshire on sus­pi­cion of gain­ing unau­tho­rised ac­cess to a com­puter. A 25-year-old man from Brack­nell was ar­rested on Com­puter Mis­use Act of­fences.

“We are work­ing closely with our col­leagues in EMSOU (East Mid­lands Spe­cial Oper­a­tions Unit), Mi­crosoft’s cy­ber team, the FBI, Europol and the NCA’s Na­tional Cy­ber Crime Unit (NCCU) to in­ves­ti­gate these of­fences,” said De­tec­tive Sergeant Rob Bryant from SEROCU’s Cy­ber Crime Unit, as he spoke about the in­ter­na­tional ef­fort to bring the duo to book.

“This group is spread around the world and there­fore the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is be­ing co­or­di­nated with our var­i­ous part­ners. We are still in the early stages of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion and will work with our part­ners to en­sure that cy­ber crim­i­nals have no place to hide. It is too early to spec­u­late on what in­for­ma­tion the group have ac­cessed; how­ever, after speak­ing with Mi­crosoft we can con­firm they did not gain ac­cess to cus­tomer in­for­ma­tion.”

The of­fences took place be­tween Jan­uary and March 2017. Tom Burt, vice-pres­i­dent and deputy gen­eral coun­sel at Mi­crosoft’s Dig­i­tal Crimes Unit, said that the at­tack on Red­mond should serve as a warn­ing to all com­pa­nies.

“To­day’s ac­tion by au­thor­i­ties in the UK rep­re­sents an im­por­tant step. Stronger in­ter­net se­cu­rity de­pends on the abil­ity to iden­tify and pros­e­cute cy­ber crim­i­nals,” he ad­vised.

“This re­quires not only a strong tech­ni­cal ca­pa­bil­ity, but the will­ing­ness to ac­knowl­edge is­sues pub­licly and re­fer them to law en­force­ment. No com­pany is im­mune from cy­ber crime.”

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