A man from East Durham is due to appear before magistrates charged with hacking into a number of corporate websites, including that of Durham Constabulary.
Officers from the cyber crime unit based in NERSOU (North East Regional Special Operations Unit) charged 22-year-old Paul Dixon, from The Avenue, Seaham with offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
He has been charged with five offences relating to attacks against various websites, including Durham Constabulary, Police Scotland and British Airways, which took place in October 2014.
Det Sgt Rachel Lewis from the cyber crime unit said “The impact of the attacks disrupted the level of services provided to the public for significant periods of time and also caused a loss of revenue to the businesses affected.”
Dixon has been bailed to attend South Tyneside magistrates on Tuesday, 17th May.
Local children’s Charity, Children North East, is warning other charities and businesses to be on their guard after phone lines at their head office in Newcastle were hacked at the weekend.
Fraudsters clocked up a bill of £680 calling premium numbers abroad.
The Charity, currently in the middle of its Christmas Appeal, learned of the intrusion when their telecoms provider, O2, contacted them on Monday morning.
A Sky News journalist accused of hacking into the emails of fake canoe death couple John and Anne Darwin will face no further action.
Gerard Tubb allegedly accessed their emails but the CPS said it was uncertain whether this had taken place in the UK, and prosecution would not be in the public interest.
Prosecutors also said that the public interest would outweigh any alleged criminal activity.
Sky News declined to comment.
Mr Darwin admitted faking his own death in March 2002 to allow his wife to make fraudulent insurance and pension claims.
The couple planned a new life in Panama, but were jailed in 2008 after jurors heard how they deceived the police, a coroner, financial institutions and even their family.
A teenager has been arrested in Newcastle over allegations that he hacked into websites and disrupted computer networks to illegally obtain information.
The 17-year-old was detained by police on Wednesday under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
It's believed he's a member of a group called TeaMp0isoN (TeamPoison), which has claimed responsibility for more than 1,400 hacking offenses around the world.
A Met Police spokesman said: "Computer equipment has been seized and is undergoing a detailed forensic examination.
"Inquiries continue between the PCeU [Police Central eCrime Unit] and other relevant law enforcement agencies in this continuing and wide-ranging investigation."