Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested?

| June 21, 2011 | Reply

If you don’t know what LulzSec is then you’ve been hiding under a rock recently. LulzSec is a computer hacker group  that claims responsibility for several high-profile cyber attacks, including the compromise of over 1,000,000 user accounts from Sony this year.

The 19-year-old suspected leader of the group has been arrested and is in custody at a London police station. The arrest came in a joint effort between the FBI and Scotland Yard. A Scotland Yard spokesman had the following to say:

“The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial of service attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.

“Searches at a residential address in Wickford, Essex, following the arrest last night have led to the examination of a significant amount of material.

“These forensic examinations remain ongoing.”

This arrest comes just before their first “Operation Anti-Security” information leak was about to take place. Last night LulzSec posted the following on Twitter:

Keep in mind, though, that there is no actual confirmation that the guy that they have in custody is actually a LulzSec member – let alone the leader. CNN is reporting that a police spokesperson stated that the suspect’s computer “”will now be examined for ties to any potential group, including LulzSec”. In addition to this, a tweet was just posted via the LulzSec Twitter account that suggests the person in custody doesn’t serve a significant role with the group:

This could just be a ploy by the group to “rally the troops” and appear as if they haven’t suffered a blow – or it could be the truth. At this point all we can do is wait and see.

One thing that is for certain is hacker groups are usually pretty united and cannot be taken down easily. Even if the suspect is indeed the head guy, that doesn’t mean that the group won’t be able to continue causing havoc. Here’s to hoping he’s at least tied to LulzSec in some capacity and authorities are able to get information from him that allows them to stop the mischievous group.

Sources: ZDnet, CNN.com

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