June 21, 2011

Man Allegedly Involved In Hacking Group Arrested

British police said Tuesday that they have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of involvement with cyber attacks on Sony and the CIA website.

The Metropolitan Police said the arrest took place following a joint operation by its Internet crimes unit and the FBI. 

British police would not say if the suspect was tied to the Lulz Security hacking collecting but did confirm that a computer seized in the operation will be examined for Sony data.

Lulz boasted about successfully hacking Sony in addition to subsequent attacks on the CIA web page and the U.S. Senate computer system.  The hacker group called for "war" on world governments that control the Internet.

Police said the teenager was arrested in a town about 35 miles northeast of London on Monday night on suspicion of hacking and fraud offenses.

The authorities said the arrest resulted from 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."

Officers conducting the forensic examinations on "a significant amount of material" found in the search of the home following the arrest.

Lulz has taken credit for hacking Sony Corp. and defacing the PBS website.  The hackers also say they are responsible for attacks on the CIA website and the U.S. Senate computer system.

Lulz said it had compromised the security of over 1,000 accounts of an FBI partner organization and brought down the website of Britain's FBI equivalent, the Serious Organized Crime Agency.

The group has taunted victims of its attacks on Twitter by using the handle "LulzSec."  The Twitter account poked fun at the arrest on Tuesday.

"Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now... wait... we're all still here!," the group tweeted Tuesday.

Lulz Security issued a statement calling for a united hacker effort against governments and organizations that control the Internet.

The group said it was teaming with fellow hacking group Anonymous and encouraged others to fight corruption and attack any government or agency that "crosses their path."


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