Teenager gives Activision a headache

17-year-old attacks Call of Duty gaming website, gets nabbed by police two months later

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Teenager gives Activision a headache A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with an attack on the Call of Duty gaming website.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  December 12, 2010

According to the BBC, a 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a cyber-attack that downed the online version of Call of Duty.

Following ‘denial of service attack' the teenager was arrested in Manchester by the e-crime unit of the Metropolitan Police on December 9.

The attack made the website unusable and prevented hundreds of people from accessing and playing the game. The attack was reported by games company Activision in September this year.

"Online gaming is a major retail sector with millions of titles being sold in the run-up to Christmas worldwide. Programs marketed in order to disrupt the online infrastructure not only affect individual players but have commercial and reputational consequences for the companies concerned," Detective Inspector Paul Hoare told the BBC.

The attack was triggered via a malicious program called ‘Phenom Booter', which was also being offered for sale on a web forum. The malware is designed to earn points on the Call of Duty game while preventing other players from playing, according to the BBC.

"These games attract both children and young people to the online environment and this type of crime can often be the precursor to further offending in more traditional areas of online crime," said Hoare.

 The teenager was arrested under the Computer Misuse act and is currently in custody, according to the BBC website.

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