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.