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  • UK Student, 18, Arrested in International Cyberattack

  • Jack Chappell is accused of supplying software that crashes websites

Razvan Muresan, a Bitdefender public relations specialist is backdropped by a screenshot of the message displayed on computers affected by the latest cyberattack, in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. A new, highly virulent strain of malicious ransom software that is crippling computers globally appears to have been sown in Ukraine, where it badly hobbled much of the government and private sector on the eve of a holiday celebrating a post-Soviet constitution. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda), photo: AP/Vadim Ghirda

03 of July 2017 13:37:06

LONDON – An 18-year-old student in northwestern England has been charged in a series of cyberattacks on the websites of nearly a dozen multinational firms.Jack Chappell is accused of supplying software that crashes websites by flooding them with data and with running a help-desk for cyber criminals. 

West Midlands Police said in a statement that "Chappell allegedly attacked the websites of T-Mobile, EE, Vodafone, O2, BBC, BT, Amazon, Netflix, Virgin Media and the National Crime Agency."He is also accused of assisting hackers in a 2015 attack on NatWest.The force's cybercrime unit worked with the FBI, Israeli Police and Europol's European Cybercrime Centre during the investigation.Chappell has been charged alongside a U.S. citizen.

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