The pair are alleged to have hacked the Washington DC's surveillance camera network
The pair are alleged to have hacked the Washington DC's surveillance camera network

Two individuals have been arrested in London for hacking into Washington DC's network of surveillance cameras days before the US presidential inauguration.

The pair were arrested on January 19 in South London by members of the National Crime Agency (NCA), the law enforcement body which largely polices cyber-crime in the UK. The arrests came the day before the inauguration on which it is believed that the couple were preparing to attempt a larger attack.

Press have reported that the suspects are a British man and a Swedish woman, both 50 years old. The NCA confirmed that the couple had been bailed until April 2017.

The duo were arrested in connection to the deployment of ransomware on nearly three quarters of Washington DC's network video recorders which store files from CCTV, shortly before the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The infected recorders were apparently downed between 12 and 15 of January with no CCTV footage able to be recorded.

No ransom was paid and the infected machines had to eventually be wiped along with a number of IT systems in order to get rid of the infection. Interim police chief Peter Newsham said that the incident despite its scale, had “no significant impact” overall and that the security of the inauguration was not affected.