'TeamPoison spokesman' arrested in UK

Posted by Emma Woollacott

A British teenager has been arrested on suspicion of being the spokesperson for TeamPoison, the hacking group that's attacked websites belonging to Mark Zuckerberg, Nicolas Sarkozy and Scotland Yard itself.

He was arrested in Newcastle by Scotland Yard's Police Central eCrime Unit, and is now being interviewed on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act. The police have seized his computers for analysis.

The teenager's believed to have used the nickname 'MLT' and to have made various statements on behalf of TeamPoison - which, says Scotland Yard, has claimed responsibility for more than 1,400 computer crimes around the world.

These include attacks on the United Nations, the UK Anti-Terrorist Hotline, MI6 and RIM, as well as politicians including Nicolas Sarkozy and Tony Blair.

In support of Scotland Yard's identification of the boy, MLT's Twitter account has been silent since Wednesday evening.

The teenager is the third person to be arrested in connection with TeamPoison - which appears, on present evidence, to be a rather youthful organisation. Two others, aged 16 and 17, were arrested last month; one's believed to be 'Trick', the group's leader.