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Man denies cyber-attack on Home Office

A man from Stoke-on-Trent has denied launching a cyber-attack against the Home Office.

Mark Johnson, of Josiah Wedgwood Street, in Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court today.

The 44-year-old is alleged - under the Computer Misuse Act - to have encouraged or assisted in a 'distributed denial of service attack' on websites operated by the Home Office and the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on June 15th 2012.

Mr Johnson has been granted bail until his trial begins on November 3rd.


Stoke-on-Trent man arrested over Government cyber attack

A Stoke-on-Trent man has been arrested and bailed in connection with a cyber attack on Government websites.

Police arrested the 41-year-old today at his Staffordshire home on suspicion of encouraging a distributed denial of service attack on the sites.

He allegedly targeted the Home Office and Theresa May's constituency websites while encouraging others to take part in the online attack.