British police filed charges Wednesday against a teenager involved in a series of cyberattacks against the British equivalent of the FBI.
Ryan Cleary, 19, is accused of hacking into the website of Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency, and flooding the site with traffic.
The tactic, known as a "distributed denial of service" attack, forces the website to shut down.
Cleary is suspected of having ties to the Lulz Security hacking collective that recently targeted Sony, the CIA website and the U.S. Senate computer systems.
In a Twitter post, the group denied a significant connection to Cleary.
The charges against Cleary date to events as far back as Oct. 29. British police said he will appear in a London court Thursday.