Maybe he was just tired of getting beat in Call of Duty, but whatever caused the 17-year-old Manchester gamer to try to take revenge on the entire online network better have been worth getting arrested for.
The video gamer launched a denial of service attack on the Call of Duty network, preventing thousands of players from being able to connect to the network. After finding that its’ network had been a victim of a cyber attack, Activision, Call of Duty‘s publishing company alerted the police, who traced the attack by its’ IP address to the teen’s home.
Detective Inspector Paul Hoare of Scotland Yard’s e-Crime Unit said: “Online gaming is a major retail sector with millions of titles being sold in the run-up to Christmas worldwide. Programmes marketed in order to disrupt the online infrastructure not only affect individual players but have commercial and reputational consequences for the companies concerned.”
The gamer was soon arrested under suspicion of offenses of the Computer Misuse Act, and remains in police custody for further questioning. This goes to show even if there was no financial motivation or real reason for the cyber attack, the fact that the teen disrupted the service for thousands of users is still a crime punishable by law.