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An 18 year-old Londoner suspected of commandering US Department of Energy computers to store illicitly obtained music and video files was arrested and questioned by police yesterday.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Computer Crimes Unit were asked to investigate unauthorised access to 17 unclassified computers at a US Department of Energy research laboratory in Batavia, Illinois during June 2002 after the trail of the attacker led back to the UK.

Evidence led police to arrest a 18 year-old from the Woodford Green area of London yesterday. The teenager, who can't be named for legal reasons, was released on police bail until mid-August pending further enquiries, including a forensic examination of a PC seized from his home.

A Metropolitan Police officer told The Register that police are working on the belief that no sensitive information was seized during the June 2002 attack on the US DoE's network.

However enquiries into the attack continue, and police are keeping an open mind. Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Computer Crimes Unit are been assisted in their enquiries by representatives from the Office of the Inspector General of the US Department of Energy. ®

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