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The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has released hacking suspect Lauri Love on bail. The UK citizen was arrested in October 2013 and accused of hacking into the networks of the US army, military and government.
Now, nine months later the NCA said that it has released a 28-year-old man on bail. It does not name Love, but it links to statements released at the time of the arrest.
Love was presented with more charges this spring, accused of hacking the US Federal Reserve and costing the US £2.2m in data theft.
He is represented by criminal defence and extradition lawyer Karen Todner, who confirmed that Love is out on bail, but added that "further enquiries" are underway. In February reports suggested that he could receive a 12-year sentence.
The NCA arrested Love on suspicion of hacking "network intrusion offences" against the US army, military and government last October.
Love was arrested in Suffolk under the Computer Misuse Act (CMA) and was then bailed until February 2014.
At the time Andy Archibald, head of the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) said the arrest underlined the efforts the NCA would go to in order to track down those intent on causing cyber harm. "This arrest is the culmination of close joint working by the NCA, Police Scotland and our international partners," he said.
"Cyber criminals should be aware that no matter where in the world you commit cyber crime, even from remote places, you can and will be identified and held accountable for your actions. The NCA has well developed law enforcement alliances globally and we will pursue and deal robustly with cyber criminals"
The arrest is another notable incident for the NCA in its brief time in existence as part of a more determined and focused effort to tackle cyber crime and its effects within the UK. It has already boasted of securing the conviction of a phishing criminal to a five-year sentence.
Last week the NCA announced it would be hiring 400 cyber crime fighters in an effort to boost the UK's defence capabilities, including the possible use of former convicted hackers to ensure it has the necessary skills for the digital age.