A 17 year old in Greater Manchester area of the UK has been arrested under the English Computer Misuse Act after used software known as “Phenom Booter” to initiate a Denial of Service attack on the online version of the Call of Duty game.
Software developers, Activision, discovered the attack and reported the IP address to police, who traced it to the Greater Manchester region of Britain.
“Phenom Booter” is a piece of software that had been available for purchase on a number of online forums. The malicious software prevented other people from being able to play Call of Duty online, allowing the user to gain more points.
Det Inspector Paul Hoare, told:
“Online gaming is a major retail sector with millions of titles being sold in the run-up to Christmas worldwide.
“Programmes marketed in order to disrupt the online infrastructure not only affect individual players but have commercial and reputational consequences for the companies concerned.
“These games attract both children and young people to the online environment and this type of crime can often be the precursor to further offending in more traditional areas of online crime.”
If convicted, the perpetrator may become the first person to be found guilty of a criminal offence as a direct result of cheating in an online game.