A jobless teenage hacker brought down the Metropolitan Police computer system with a cyber attack which crashed its web site.
Jordan Lee Jones brought down the site – used by thousands of officers and civilians every day – by overloaded internal Met computer systems, a court heard.
He was caught following an investigation carried out by detectives from their own cyber crime unit, and Cleveland Police.
Detectives arrested him at his home in Windermere Avenue, Billingham on Teesside and seized an encrypted laptop computer on March 18 this year.
The case has prompted a review of the Met’s computer system, and its security.
Jones, who is 19 and unemployed, pleaded guilty to four charges of impairing the function of a computer.
Teesside magistrates heard that between August 11 and 14 last year, he carried out an attack by ‘overloading’ the website.