Two men have been arrested for their part in an alleged plan to hack into Microsoft’s network.
A 22-year-old from Sleaford and a 25-year-old from Bracknell were detained by police on Thursday.
It is believed that the men were involved in repeated attempts to infiltrate the Microsoft network between January and March this year.
Both were charged under the UK’s Computer Misuse Act that criminalises unauthorised access to computers.
Police said the pair were part of a larger group that was plotting the cyber-intrusion into the software giant’s systems, seeking to steal customer data.
Detectives from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (Serocu) carried out the raids which, said Det Sgt Rob Bryant, also led it to seize devices believed to have been used in the attacks.
He added that Serocu had worked with Europol, the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit, the FBI and Microsoft to investigate the intrusions.
“After speaking with Microsoft, we can confirm they did not gain access to customer information,” he said. “It is too early to speculate on what information the group has accessed.”