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Officers investigating an alleged cybercrime have arrested five people.

It relates to the alleged hacking of a Tunbridge Well based company in April 2017, which resulted in one of its clients making a £25,000 payment to a third party.

It is believed that access to the firm’s database was gained through malicious software that was e-mailed from a Herne Bay based internet address. Police believe this was also hacked.

Warrants were executed this morning (Thursday 12th October) and led to the arrests of a 32 year old woman from Thamesmead, a 36 year old woman, 17 year old girl and 17 year old boy, all from from Grays, Essex, and a 19 year old woman from Blandford, Dorset.

Detective Inspector Jon Faulkner of the Kent Police Cybercrime Unit said “There has been a noticeable increase in the number of online offences reported to us in the last few years, which has resulted in the creation of the Cybercrime Unit to respond to this growing threat.”

“We are committed to identifying and investigating digital offences and will disrupt those responsible by making arrests, seizing equipment and bringing prosecutions, no matter where in the UK they may be.”