Two charged over Manchester firm cyber blackmail attempt

Two men have been charged in connection with an attempt to blackmail a Manchester internet company with a cyber attack.

Police described it as a multi-million pound plot.

Patryk Smirnoff, 35, of Szezecin and Piotr Smirnaw, 31, of Tawerny, Warsaw each face two charges of blackmail and one of unauthorised acts on a computer.

They were arrested at Heathrow Airport on Wednesday and are due at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court in London later.

The investigation is being led by Greater Manchester Police and supported by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency. It centres on a reported cyber attack on the online company's website.

Police said they could not confirm the identity of the internet firm that was targeted.

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