Two Brits arrested for conspiracy to hack Microsoft
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.”