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A 27 year-old man suspected of launching denial of service attacks is to appear in a Scottish court today following his arrest on Friday, 14 January in a joint operation between Scottish police and the US Secret Service. Police searched housesin Elgin, north east Scotland and seized some computers.

The police were taking part in Operation Casper, which targets cybercriminals who launch DDoS attacks on online websites using compromised, zombie PCs. The Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency's (SDEA) National Hi-Tech Crime Unit is leading the investigation. "Over the past year we have seen a considerable rise in this type of attack, some of which also form the basis for extortion attacks," a spokesman for the SDEA told the BBC.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stephen Ward, crime co-ordinator at the SDEA, said: "Operation Casper has involved the SDEA working closely with the US Secret Service and is an excellent example of how law enforcement agencies, working together, can impact on internet-related crime." ®

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