A man has been charged after a number of corporate websites, including that of Durham Police, were hacked.
Paul Dixon, 22, of The Avenue, Seaham, was charged by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit for offences under the Computer Misuse Act.
The five offences relate to attacks in October 2014 against websites including Durham Police, Police Scotland and British Airways.
Mr Dixon is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on 17 May.
Det Sgt Rachel Lewis, from the cyber crime unit, said: “The impact of the attacks disrupted the level of services provided to the public for significant periods of time and also caused a loss of revenue to the businesses affected.”