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Best-selling author joins launch of 'cyber crime' campaign

Best-selling author Peter James has joined Sussex Police at the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness of 'cyber crime'.

Recent figures show 84% of people living in our region have experienced an attempted cyber crime in the last year. 15% have become victims, with an increase in 'ransomware attacks'.

Here we speak to James and Chief Constable Giles York.

Man charged with cyber attacks on police and top universities

The William Gates Building, housing the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Credit: PA

A 20-year-old man from Kent has been charged with cyber attacks on the websites of Cambridge and Oxford Universities.

Lewys Martin, of Dover Road, Walmer, is also accused of service attacks on the public-facing website of Kent Police.

Martin faces charges relating to the theft and use of personal data and allegedly failing to disclose passwords to encrypted equipment.

He faces prosecution following an inquiry by Kent Police's special branch investigations team and the force's digital forensic unit.

Police said he is charged with eight counts of "unauthorised acts of intent to impair operation of, or prevent/hinder access to, a computer" and three counts of "unauthorised computer access with intent to commit other offences".

Martin has also been charged with four counts of obtaining "an article for supply for use to commit/to assist in commission of computer misuse offence" and two counts of failing "to comply with a Section 49 notice to disclose the key to protected information".

He will appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court on December 20.