VTech hacking suspect arrested in UK

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VTech hacking suspect arrested in UK

21-year old nabbed in Berkshire.

British police believe they have found one of the people who compromised Chinese digital toy maker VTech and siphoned off millions of personal records of parents and children.

Officers from the United Kingdom's South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) said this week they had arrested a 21 year-old man in Bracknell in Berkshire, England.

The man was arrested on suspicion of unauthorised access to facilitate the commission of an offence, and of causing a computer to perform a function to enable unauthorised access to data.

Both the alleged actions are contrary to UK's Computer Misuse Act of 1990, SEROCU said.

A "number of electronic items" were seized for forensic examination during the arrest.

The alleged hacker contacted media with details on the data breach, including the information that was copied over. He said it was not distributed elsewhere.

VTech was severely criticised by security experts for failing to take basic security precautions for the storage of sensitive personal information collected from milions of parents and their children.

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