Suspected LulzSec player arrested, in custody in London

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?

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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

-Stephen Chapman SEO Whistleblower

Topics: Security, Government, Government US

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    n3td3v
    • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

      @n3td3v Interesting. Any additional info on more parties being involved that you folks are aware of?
      StephenChapman
      • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

        @StephenChapman Actually this was an easy one for the cops. Ryan defected from Anon and locked them out of their own sites. So Anon payed in kind and hacked him. They leaked; his Name, address, phone number, etc. So This is no surprise. If I were that kid, I would have erased everything I had 2-3 wks ago when I found my information was plastered all over the web.
        Masinator
      • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

        @StephenChapman

        The interesting thing I read on another site is that LulzSec posted the arrested persons name as well his relevance in LulzSec group as only running the IRC portion. It appears he has little relevance with the group.
        audidiablo
  • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

    Wow, it would be interesting to know how they found him (assuming he was using a proxy/anonymity service).
    Jayton
    • I'm not sure the FBI / Scotland Yard should cheer just yet

      @Jayton

      It seems at least likely that a group that brazen and seemingly sophisticated has hundreds, if not thousands, of scapegoats pwned left-and-right just waiting to be "arrested". Have you checked for root-kits on your computers, routers, consoles, media players? Have your wireless access points been hacked?

      I'd doubt that someone thumbing their nose at the CIA would use their own computers directly to hack, and certainly would need bots to do a DDOS.

      I just hope it's not some poor schlep who has in turn been hacked from a Tor-based hacker or some other nasty thing like that.
      Mr. Copro Encephalic to You
  • Wouldn't it be humiliating...

    ...to the authorities if the person arrested actually had no links to LulzSec and the incriminating evidence was actually placed on the machines by LulzSec?

    Probably not the case, but it would definitely give the authorities a black eye...
    wolf_z
  • since

    just last week they were bragging about how they didn't care if they got busted i'm wondering how much he's going to be caring now. being locked up with a bunch of people who really don't care will give him some new perspective on what to care about.
    sportmac
  • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

    Guess they caught the wrong person. Read their latest tweet: <a href="http://twitter.com/LulzSec/status/83164092998758400" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://twitter.com/LulzSec/status/83164092998758400</a>
    iviaiko
  • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

    I reckon they've got the wrong guy. I can believe an Englishman might be behind lulzsec, but from Wickford?!
    bargeemike
  • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

    Hmmm.... Is this a way of telling us public "not to worry, now everything's going to be ok", or is it really the guy behind the show?

    Perhaps time will reveal this.
    itsols
  • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

    Ryan Cleary was his name. He was no leader, he probs wanted out after a few ddos sit ins. Can't believe it took them this long to actually arrest him though. I grabbed a copy of the dox that were spread on him on the 8th of may! If it took this much effort, UK police working with the FBI to unveil Lulzsec and anon, how are they ever going to find any of the other members!?!? At the end of the day, it has showed everyone that cybersec is not one of those issues you can push back til later
    Unbranded
  • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

    Too bad, he's just 19-year-old kid. The real LulzSec aged double.
    ayeowch
  • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

    If they were to conduct a public hanging of this refuge from a dingo heap, assuming he's found guilty, I bet you'd see the frequency of this sort of illegal and immoral activity drop sharply.

    Sam
    samaaa11
    • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

      @sam@... They would probs rather do that and scare people out of doing this, insted of educating everyone about cyber security issues and embracing ones knowledge. Thats the sad thing.

      Pastebin is the best place for reading. There was one group, forgot name and url but they have a blog and are just carrying out research and social engineering to try and unmask lulzsec.
      Unbranded
    • No, Hanging is not a deterrent.

      @sam@... and death is not either.<br><br>Call me a trog, if you will, but the little bast*&#$ should be "damaged" in such a way as to be completely unable to ever hack again - blinded at the very least, preferrably much more, including unable to reproduce - and sent back to his buddies to let them know what they will really face if they persist and are captured. Again, assuming he is found guilty.<br><br>I visited Morocco years ago and found their justice system interesting - nearly a zero crime rate! If a pick-pocket is caught and convicted in court, in front of the judge they toss a small rubber ball to him/her. Whichever hand they catch it with, they lose that hand above the wrist. If they caught it with their non-dominant hand or re-train themselves to pick pockets with the other hand and are caught and convicted again, THEN they shorten them because they figure they are incorrigible. The same kind of treatment for this little hacker dude would suit me just fine.<br><br>Many of us have spent far too many precious hours of our lives either preventing these idiots' attacks or doing damage control after the fact and I have no moral compunctions about retribution. As far as I'm concerned, if they want sympathy, they can look in the dictionary - it's under "S", between $-hit and $yphilis!
      Robiisan
  • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

    http://yfrog.com/user/antisecurityart/photos

    The boy responsible for spraypainting lulzsec - antisec graffitti all over mission beach - Conner Burke

    Get the lil shiz and educate him
    Unbranded
  • Wow, just wow

    LOL those retards arrested the kid that was doxed by Anon 2 months ago... Thanks for taking care of our trash for us.
    Tommy S.
  • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

    Even if he's not the leader, he knows who is. He'll make a deal to reduce his prison time, then it will all be over.
    ITOdeed
    • RE: Suspected LulzSec leader has been arrested, in custody in London

      @ITOdeed Tripcodes/screennames != Names
      Tommy S.