A man has been arrested in a case that could affect thousands of internet users in the US and Canada
Posted September 01, 2019 07:09:31Canada has been warned by the United States that it could be hit with cyberattacks on its citizens and businesses if a group of hackers has their way.
A man was arrested in the UK, and a suspect is also wanted in the U.S. on charges including hacking, according to a report by The Washington Post.
The Post says the FBI was notified of the hack and has since arrested the alleged attacker in the United Kingdom, in London, on Wednesday.
The British police said they were investigating the hacking as “an act of espionage” and a “cyber-enabled attack”.
They said the suspects are believed to have targeted the computers of US politicians, members of Congress, and members of the public.
The suspects are wanted on a U.K. extradition warrant.
The FBI said in a statement: “There are no indications that any of the victims were targeted.”
The hackers’ activities could affect tens of millions of people in the Americas, Canada, and Europe, and could cause serious disruptions in the banking and healthcare sectors.
It comes after US President Donald Trump took aim at the tech industry during a visit to Silicon Valley.
He said: “It’s time for us to start thinking about what we’re going to do with the technology we have.
We can’t be having a technology boom, we can’t have a technology crash, we’re having a technological crash.”
Mr Trump, whose administration has been rocked by accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, has repeatedly attacked companies like Apple and Facebook.
But he said that there are “a lot of wonderful people” in Silicon Valley, and said that he wants to see more companies “take advantage” of their technology.
He also promised to bring back the death penalty for “criminals” who commit murder with a “weapon of mass destruction”.
“I’m going to bring it back, folks,” Mr Trump said.
But he later said: “It is not going to be a death penalty.”