Police have arrested a 17-year-old suspected spokesman for Team Poison, a hacking group that has claimed responsibility for a series of high-profile cyber-attacks.
The boy was arrested on Wednesday in Newcastle in connection with alleged computer misuse offences, London's Metropolitan Police said.
"The suspect, who is believed to use the online 'nic' (nickname) 'MLT', is allegedly a member of and spokesperson for TeaMp0isoN ('TeamPoison')," Scotland Yard said in a statement.
Ransomware is malware that locks up computers and demands payment for their release. A common ruse is to pretend that the malware is actually a ‘seizure’ by law enforcement agencies.
Trusteer has now discovered a new variant. Using the Citadel malware platform – itself a descendant of the Zeus trojan – the new malware is called Reveton and claims to have come from the US Department of Justice.
A British lawyer says he is taking legal action in the United States on behalf of three alleged victims of phone hacking by the News of the World.
Mark Lewis said the three were a "well-known sports person", a sports person not in the public eye and a US citizen.
"The News of the World had thousands of people they hacked. Some of them were in America at the time, either travelling or resident there," he said.
The now defunct paper's owner, News International, has declined to comment.