“Mastermind” of LulzSec was Not Arrested This Morning
>By James Lenhart
Following yesterdays announcement of a partnership between Anonymous and LulzSec — a 19 year old man in Wickford, Essex was arrested by the UK’s Police Computer e-Crime Unit (PCeU). The PCeU claims that this gentleman was involved in the Sony, PBS, and CIA attacks that have sprouted up all within the last month.
However, a quick read of the tweet above explains that they’ve possibly got a suspect, but it’s obviously not the “mastermind” the press would like him to be. It should be interesting to see if this man from Essex is actually involved with any of this, or if it may be some kind of decoy to stall for time.
Metropolitan Police have released the following statement :
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) have arrested a 19-year-old man in a pre-planned intelligence-led operation.
The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.
The PCeU was assisted by officers from Essex Police and have been working in co-operation with the FBI.
The teenager was arrested on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act, and Fraud Act offences and was taken to a central London police station, where he currently remains in custody for questioning.
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.
Depending on what side you’re on you might be hoping this guy will turn the rest of the group in, or you might be sitting there hoping these guys stay unknown for longer. Either way I’d love to know what you think is going to happen. As always we will keep you updated as things develop. I was just about to stop writing on these guys, but we’ve covered to much to stop now.
UPDATE: The press is saying that LulzSec was involved in hacking the UK Census, but they claim no responsibility for these accusations. It’s pretty clear to me that they probably got the wrong guy — at least in this particular instance anyway…