Cyber crime arrests in Mancheser

Police investigating an attempt to blackmail a multi-million pound Manchester-based internet company have made two arrests. Two Polish men were detained in London.

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Two charged with cyber crime

Two Polish men are charged with attempting to blackmail the on-line company Credit: PA

Two men have been charged with attempting to blackmail a multi million pound internet company based in Manchester. Piotr Smirnaw, who is 31 and from Tawerny, Warsaw, Poland and 35 year old Patryk Surmacki, of Szezecin, Poland, due to appear before Uxbridge Magistrates Court in London.

Police foil cyber crime blackmail bid in Manchester

Two Polish men are being questioned after an attempt was made to blackmail a Manchester based online company. The investigation centres on a reported cyber attack on the company's website in a 'denial-of-service attack'.

"This investigation centres on an allegation that the on-line company was blackmailed. As part of this blackmail attempt, one of the company's websites was made temporarily unavailable by the offenders. Denial of service attacks have become increasingly common offences in recent years...They involve offenders flooding the target website with information, rendering it unable to function as it should do. This particular case has involved a fast-time investigation by a number of agencies across a number of countries, including the UK, the US and Poland.

– Detective Inspector Chris Mossop, Greater Manchester Polcie


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