British Cyber Police Arrest VTech Hacking Suspect


On Tuesday morning, police have arrested a 21-year-old man in Berkshire as part of investigation into hacking of electronic toy maker VTech.

The man, whose identity is still unknown, was taken into a custody on suspicion of unauthorized access to computer to facilitate the commission of an offence, and on suspicion of causing a computer to perform function to secure/enable unauthorized access to a program/data, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) said in a statement.

According to BBC News, VTech’s servers were attacked by hackers last month. Those servers are were supporting the company’s Learning Lodge app, which allows customers download extra content to their handheld devices. The hackers gained an access to customer information, including names, dates of birth and gender.

“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,” stated Craig Jones, Head of the Cyber Crime Unit at SEROCU. “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,” Jones added.