Man arrested for hacking offences

December 15

Officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) have arrested a man as part of an investigation into computer hacking offences.

SEROCU’s Cyber Crime Unit worked closely with partner agencies on the operation which focused on the hacking of applications belonging to VTech.

A 21-year-old man was arrested this morning (15/12) in Bracknell on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer to facilitate the commission of an offence, contrary to section 2 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and suspicion of causing a computer to perform function to secure/enable unauthorised access to a program/data, contrary to section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990

A number of electronic items were seized to be examined by SEROCU’s Cyber Crime eForensics Unit.

Craig Jones, Head of the Cyber Crime Unit at SEROCU, said: “Cyber criminality is affecting more and more business around the world and we continue to work with our partners to thoroughly investigate, often very complex cases.

“We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done. We will continue to work closely with our partners to identify those who commit offences and hold them to account.

“We are pursuing cyber criminals using the latest technology and working with businesses and academia to further develop specialist investigative capabilities to protect and reduce the risk to the public.

“Cyber crime is an issue which has no boundaries and affects people on a local, regional and global level.

“I would like to urge everyone to check their home and business computer security and follow the advice available on sites such as and

“Finally I would urge anyone who has information in regards to cyber offences to report them to Action Fraud at or anonymously calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at”

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