A teenager thought to be at the centre of a Minecraft gamers' dispute has been detained following an explosion that shut down hundreds of colleges and schools across the UK.
The 19-year old was arrested by Hertfordshire police after some 24,000 threats were sent to schools informing them of an impending bomb attack unless cash was handed over.
The emails appeared to be sent by VeltPvP, a gaming network. VeltPvP is an Minecraft player-versus player server, which is the kind of server that businesses utilize to sell their products to gamers.
A teenager who is believed to be at the heart of the Minecraft gamers' dispute was arrested following a mass bomb hoax closed hundreds of schools across the UK. minecraft adventure servers arrested the 19-year-old following 24,000 emails were sent to schools warning of the threat of attack.
The emails were intended to cause the domain to be shut down for abuse . They are thought to have been sent by an organization that wanted to undermine VeltPvP.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) stated that there was no credible threat to the emails' received this week.
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They said they understood the concerns of teachers and parents but also stated that there was no real threat from the emails that were sent to schools.
"However, we take the communications extremely seriously. We cannot comment further on this as it is an ongoing investigation.
Signs were put up on the outside of Cardinal Road School in Feltham after the hoax email bombings.
The feud was based on the notion that rivals had engaged in illegal activities to stop one another from doing business.
'It is horrible, it's not the nicest thing', one hoaxers involved was asked if regrets the impact the letters had had on the school students who were forced to evacuate.
The blame is being placed on VeltPvP, the hoaxer said that the network was involved in a series of Direct Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks - which he claims were employed to attempt to stop other competitors' Minecraft servers.
Parents were urged to collect their children after the threat to bomb hoax in the email
In a statement, VeltPvP said: 'We've been harassed by cybercriminals who are trying to harass us in any way that they can.
"We are extremely sorry for those who were affected by this, but we just want to let you know that it is fake."
The email was sent to more than 400 colleges and schools across the country. It claimed that an explosive had been planted and would explode if the money was not provided.
Cardinal Road School, Feltham, West London was one of the schools to receive the fake email
Police forces in London, Bristol, Liverpool, Bedfordshire and the the North East were among those conducting an investigation.
Some parents asked to be allowed to pick up their children from school due concerns about the emails.
Six schools across Hertfordshire were also affected: Abbots Hill in Hemel Hempstead, Valley School in Stevenage, The Sele School in Hertford, Duncombe School in Hertford, Stanborough School in Watford and St Albans High School.