Officers from Thames Valley Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Twickenham on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act. The suspect has been linked to gaming network hacker group The Lizard Squad.
The announcement of the arrest does not mention the holiday season attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment, or previous assaults, but said that the person arrested may be linked to thefts from PayPal.
"The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit has arrested a 22-year-old man from Twickenham on suspicion of fraud by false representation and Computer Misuse Act offences," it said.
"The arrest [on 30 December] is in connection with an ongoing investigation into cyber fraud offences which took place between 2013 and August 2014 during which victims reported funds being stolen from their PayPal accounts."
The suspect is named in a blogpost from Brian Krebs, of KrebsOnSecurity, which paints the hacking group that disrupted gaming networks at Christmas as an amateurish bunch.
"Vinnie Omari [has] just been arrested by police in the UK. Sources tell KrebsOnSecurity that Vinnie is one of many individuals associated with this sad little club who are being rounded up and questioned. My guess is that most, if not all, of these kids will turn on one another."
Sony's PlayStation network was affected for around four days. The company has apologised to customers and offered an in-store discount and a subscription extension.
The Lizard Squad attacked Sony earlier in December and knocked some of its services offline. The group was also linked to a bomb threat against a Sony executive in the summer.
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