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A Scottish man suspected of orchestrating DDoS attacks on online businesses appeared in court yesterday following his arrest in a joint US/British crackdown on cybercrime last weekend.

Matthew Anderson, 27, of Drummuir, near Dufftown, Moray, was charged with offences against the Computer Misuse Act 1990 at a private hearing at Elgin Sheriff's Court. No plea was entered and Anderson was released on bail pending further police inquiries.

Anderson was arrested Friday, 14 January as part of an investigation into attempts to extort a "significant quantity of money" from online businesses across the world, the Daily Record reports. The inquiry, dubbed Operation Casper, is being led by US Secret Service agents and officers from the Scottish Drug Enforcement Agency's National Hi-Tech Crime Unit. ®

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