An 18-year-old man has been charged with three offences under the Computer Misuse Act following an attack on mothers' site Mumsnet.
David Gerrard Buchanan of Vann Road, Haslemere, Surrey was charged on Saturday and bailed to appear in court in early June.
He faces "two counts of causing a computer to perform a function to secure/enable unauthorised access to a programme/data, contrary to section 1 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990, and one count of unauthorised acts with intent to impair operation of or prevent/hinder access to a computer, contrary to section 3 of the Computer Misuse act 1990".
"The charges relate to various incidents of computer intrusion and damage to network profiles following attacks on systems controlled by the website Mumsnet and others between July and August 2015. The Met Police Cyber Crime Unit continues to investigate this incident," explained the Met Police in a charging statement.
The Mumsnet hack even affected Justine Roberts, chief executive of the firm, when a SWAT team came for a visit. Also problematic was the sharing of thousands of Mumsnet users' passwords and other details.
Roberts blamed an outfit called DadSecurity at the time, and posted the details of her experience on the site that she and a lot of other mothers call home page.
"@DadSecurity also resorted to swatting attacks. Swatting is a criminal practice in which someone makes an emergency call to the police claiming that a crime is taking place at the house of the intended victim in order to get them to send a SWAT team to the address," she said.
"An armed response team turned up at my house last week in the middle of the night after reports of a gunman prowling around."
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