Student in court over global web attack business
A student has been charged with running a web business supplying malware that was used to attack the accounts of some of the world’s leading companies.
Student Jack Chappell is accused of helping cyber crooks attack millions of websites around the world, including a 2015 attack on NatWest that brought down the firm’s online banking systems.
The 18-year-old, from Stockport, was charged following an investigation led by the West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit, assisted by Israeli Police, the FBI and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre.
It’s claimed Chappell supplied Denial of Service (DoS) software that crashes websites by flooding them with huge volumes of data − and ran an online helpdesk for hackers as part of the operation.
Chappell allegedly attacked the websites of T-Mobile, EE, Vodafone, O2, BBC, BT, Amazon, Netflix, Virgin Media and the National Crime Agency.
He has been charged with impairing the operation of computers under the Computer Misuse Act, plus encouraging or assisting an offence and money laundering crime proceeds together with an American national.
Chappell is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates Court tomorrow (4 July).
None of the Denial of Service attacks Chappell is alleged to have been behind led to the theft or loss of any customer data.