A teenager suspected of masterminding computer hacking attacks on America's Central Intelligence Agency (Cia) and the U.S. Senate also targeted the worldwide music industry, according to court documents.
Ryan Cleary, 19, was arrested at his home in Essex, England on Monday (20Jun11) amid claims he carried out cyber attacks against crime-fighting organisations including Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency and the Cia.
It has now emerged he is accused of carrying out a "distributed denial of service attack" - in which websites are flooded with traffic to make them crash - on the British Phonographic Industry, which represents major music companies including Emi and Sony Music Entertainment.
He is also suspected of targeting the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, which represents the interests of the recording industry worldwide.
Cleary has been charged with five offences under the Criminal Law and Computer Misuse Acts and is due in court in London on Thursday (23Jun11).