Man charged over attack on UK police, Oxbridge university websites

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Radcliffe Camera, Oxford. Image from ShutterstockA 20-year-old British man will appear in court next month, charged with attempting to bring down the websites of Oxford and Cambridge universities.

Lewys Martin, from Kent, faces a total of 17 counts following an investigation by Kent Police’s Special Branch investigations team, and the Kent Police Digital Forensic Unit.

The charges brought against the 20-year-old relate to denial-of-service attacks on various websites, including a website belonging to the Kent police force, theft of personal data and failure to disclose passwords for encrypted computer equipment.

Martin is scheduled to appear at Maidstone Magistrates Court on December 20th in relation to the charges.

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This feels like an appropriate time to remind all readers that denial-of-service attacks are against the law in many countries around the world, and can lead to a jail sentence.

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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