RCMP in Saskatchewan say a 19-year-old man in a remote northern village was able to disrupt a social networking site based in New York City for a few days using his computer.
Police wouldn't identify the company affected, but said the disruption — which was detected in late May — affected a chat room for a commercial website.
According to RCMP, other internet users were being prevented from accessing the chat room in what police described as a "distributed denial of service attack."
On Friday, police said they laid charges against the man, including mischief and unlawful use of a computer to commit an offence.
Const. Damon Maier, from the Creighton detachment of the RCMP, said officers received a complaint from the company and started investigating in early June.
Maier said officers from the RCMP technological crime unit worked on the case, which led to a search warrant of a home in Denare Beach on June 9.
Denare Beach is a northern village of 785 people, about 550 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.
Maier said police were able to collect sufficient evidence to link their suspect to the service disruption and laid charges.
Ryan Devin Lee, of Denare Beach, faces charges of mischief, illegal use of a computer and possession of a device to commit a computer offence.
Lee is scheduled to make a court appearance on Sept. 14.