A Hartlepool man has charged by police with hacking as part of wider investigation.
Peter David Gibson, 22, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to do an unauthorised act in relation to a computer, with intent to impair the operation of any computer or prevent or hinder access to any programme or data held in a computer or to impair the operation of any such programme or the reliability of such data.
According to a Metropolitan Police statement, Gibson was arrested by officers from the Met's Police Central e-Crime Unit in connection with an investigation into Anonymous, following allegations of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks by the group against several companies.
A report in The Register claimed that Gibson was interviewed by detectives at the Police Central e-Crime Unit in April as one of six people arrested in connection with Anonymous DDoS attacks last December against Visa, MasterCard and PayPal, following the latter's decision to permanently restrict the WikiLeaks account.
Previously, five men were arrested in January in connection with the attacks, while Anonymous and LulzSec saw a series of men charged in July. Also, Essex-based teenager Ryan Cleary was arrested in June and Jake Davis, suspected of being the LulzSec member Topiary, was arrested at the start of this month.