Man charged with attacking Home Office and MP’s websites


West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised the charging of a 43-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent following an attack on the websites of the Home Office and Theresa May MP in 2012.

Both websites were subjected to a Distributed Denial Of Service attack, also known as a DDOS attack, which forced the sites offline and prevented visitors accessing them.

Following the web attack, the police launched an investigation and Mark Lynden Johnson was arrested.

Warren Stanier, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands CPS Complex Casework Unit, said:

"I have advised officers from the National Crime Agency that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge Mark Johnson with encouraging or assisting an offence under Section 3(1) of the Computer Misuse Act 1990, contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.

"The offence took place between 15 and 18 June 2012.

"The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

"The defendant will appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on 12 March 2014."