An 18-year-old man in northwest England was arrested in connection with a Christmas Day hacking of Microsoft Corp.’s
British officers working with the FBI arrested the man on "suspicion of unauthorized access to computer material," and of threats to kill, Merseyside Police said in a statement.
The Internet services were pushed offline on Dec. 25, and hackers known as the Lizard Squad later claimed responsibility. The video-game networks were hacked on the same day that the film "The Interview" was released online, after major U.S. theaters decided not to show the movie last month following a series of hacking incidents at Sony's TV and film unit.
A different group called Guardians of Peace claimed responsibility for infiltrating
That group and Lizard Squad had threatened further disruptions on Christmas Day. Police on Friday said they seized a number of digital devices at the suspect's home in Southport, England, north of Liverpool.