UK cops: 'We thwarted Royal Wedding web attack plot'
Kid cuffed in DDoS probe
UK cybercops have claimed credit for preventing attempts to blast the official Royal Wedding website offline in April, following the arrest of a teenager suspected of masterminding the attack.
Detective Superintendent Charlie McMurdie said that preemptive action was taken to keep the site, dedicated to the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29 April, up and running despite the connection onslaught. McMurdie declined to go into further details, other than to say that the Met had been asked to investigate the threat.
However a Scotland Yard spokesman told AP that a 16-year-old was arrested and questioned last month on suspicion of attempting to incite others into joining in with a distributed denial of service attack against the site. The teenager was released on police bail pending further inquiries, which El Reg can safely guess will involve the forensic examination of seized computer equipment.
McMurdie made her comments in passing during a conference on cybercrime organised by the Royal United Services Institute, a defence industry think tank. ®
NOW I CAN DIE HAPPY
Thank God the police have finally woken up to online security. Arresting such a dangerous criminal intent on taking down an important piece of national infrastructure such as the Royal Wedding website must have absolutely made their day. *kills self*
@ Andy 97
He was arrested for attempting to incite the attack. That probably means he sent a message to his mates saying "wouldn't it be funny if..."
Any indication that he had the means to mount an attack? If so why would he need to incite anyone else? Perhaps he just thought that if everyone he knew logged on at the same time it might bring the site down? That's DDOS innit?
I'm so glad the UK has an e-crime unit.
God knows how we would manage without them.
Remind me again, what did they do to stop large scale attacks on the UK telecoms infrastructure?