UK police arrested a sixteen-year-old teenager from Croxteh, a suburb of Liverpool, on charges of hacking, blackmail, and fraud, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Police arrested the unnamed teenager on July 1, around 7:30 AM, after

officers from the Titan and the Merseyside Police departments executed a Computer Misuse Act warrant at the teen’s home.

Police officers said they’re investigating allegations that the teen hacked into the Instagram account of a person living in another country.

The victim’s Instagram account had thousands of followers, and the teen tried to blackmail the original author, asking for money in return for control over the hacked account.

Further, Titan Police also said the teen is under investigation for hacking into an online shopping account, which he used to make fraudulent purchases that were redirected to another address.

To help their investigation, police officers seized computer equipment from the teen’s home. The teenager remained in police custody.

In March 2016, Dutch police arrested two suspects on similar charges, of hacking multiple Instagram accounts.

The two were accused of hijacking Instagram accounts with large followings and then posting advertisements for which they received money from various third-parties. That investigation is still ongoing.

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