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Man Arrested For Xbox And PlayStation Hacks

PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 23:  A visitor plays on Sony Playstation 4 video game console (PS4), produced by Sony Corp during th
PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 23: A visitor plays on Sony Playstation 4 video game console (PS4), produced by Sony Corp during the 'Noel de Geek' at the Cite des Sciences et de l'industrie on December 23, 2014 in Paris, France. 'Noel de Geek' takes place from December 23, 2014 till January 04, 2015. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Friday they had arrested a man in northwest England following the 2014 cyber attacks on Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox systems.

Both systems suffered long outages over Christmas after a major distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack. A hacking group calling itself Lizard Squad, which had attacked the two networks earlier last year, claimed responsibility.

"Officers ... have arrested a man in Southport, Merseyside this morning as part of an investigation into ‘swatting’ and computer hacking offences," Merseyside police said in a statement.

The officers had worked closely with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the operation, it added.

No further details of the arrest were immediately available.

Swatting is a term used to describe criminal activity by an individual or group who provide false information to law enforcement agencies in the United States, suggesting that a threat exists at a particular location so that police respond with tactical units.

(Reporting by Stephen Addison; editing by Kate Holton)

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