Suspected LulzSec player arrested, in custody in London

Summary:19-year-old suspected LulzSec mastermind has been arrested. Will this spell the end of the LulzSec era?

The day the authorities have been waiting for is finally here: A possible LulzSec leader has been arrested. He is 19-years-old and was arrested in Essex, England thanks to a cooperative effort between FBI and Scotland Yard. A spokesman on behalf of the Scotland Yard 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."

The 19-year-old is currently in custody at a central London police station. Law enforcement didn't say outright that the 19-year-old was behind LulzSec, but there were hints along those lines and various reports are connecting the dots. Initially, it looked like a ringleader of LulzSec was rounded up. However, the group tweeted the following:

This arrest comes just before the first major "Operation Anti-Security" information leak was about to take place. Just last night, LulzSec posted the following on their Twitter stream:

While the information gathered may now be safe, there are still others to potentially worry about. The rogue hacker group Anonymous says they are no one in particular; simply an ideal that any hacker may utilize to attack government/high-end establishments. At this point, it is unclear if Anonymous or anyone else has all of the information LulzSec planned on releasing in Wikileaks fashion.

While this is certainly a victory for authorities and those around the world who have been waiting to see this moment happen, it may just end up being a drop in the bucket as rogue hacker groups continue to surface to break into sites belonging to Sony and other entities.

What do you think about the news of this arrest? Do you think this marks the end of the LulzSec/Anonymous era? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Sky News

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Topics: Security, Government, Government : US

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