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Suspected LulzSec Ringleader Arrested in Essex

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A report by Sky News in London claims that a 19-year-old male was arrested in Essex under suspicion of spearheading the hacker group LulzSec. The arrest arrives just days after the group openly attacked the CIA's website last Wednesday, Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency on Monday, and numerous other sites in-between.

After the CIA's website went down last week, the FBI and Scotland Yard reportedly launched an investigation immediately. While the details leading up to his arrest are scarce, Sky News reports that LulzSec's alleged leader Ryan Cleary was apprehended on Monday after detectives from Scotland Yard's e-crime unit closed in on his Wickford, Essex home.

Currently Cleary is in custody at a central London police station and being "questioned" under the Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act. If found guilty, he could be extradited to the United States to face trial. Meanwhile Scotland Yard is conducting an "examination of a significant amount of material."

"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," a Scotland Yard spokesman told Sky News, adding that the Met and Essex Police are working "in cooperation" with the FBI.

Additionally, a Met spokesperson told Develop in a separate article that "we will examine the individual for any Sony data," and confirmed this was in relation to the PlayStation Network breach. Over 77 million PSN accounts were compromised back in April 2011 following a critical data hack. Eventually the network came back online, and Sony compensated users by offering free games, free identity protection for a year, free movie rentals and more.

The Sky News report also claims that LulzSec's Twitter page went silent after his arrest, but that doesn't seem to be the case. "Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now... wait... we're all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?" reads one tweet two hours ago.

Notorious "hactivist" group Anonymous also reports via Twitter that LulzSec is still up and running despite the arrest and additional reports of the group's collapse. "The good news everybody: Ryan has little to do with #LulzSec besides running IRC. All 6 members of @LulzSec are fine and safe. #AntiSec."

Monday after LulzSec took down the SOCA's website, the group said that it would later unleash its cannon on multiple targets. "That last one is down depending on which area you're from," they said. "Lulz Cannon is being upgraded."

Monday the first signs on AntiSec began to appear on local San Diego beaches in the form of graffiti art. Both LulzSec and Anonymous previously called on hackers worldwide to unite in taking down governments, banks and big corporations. Part of the unified onslaught also included spreading the AntiSec name using graffiti or logos on defaced websites.

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    restatement3dofted , June 21, 2011 11:02 PM
    Good idea, attacking the CIA. Brilliant.
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2011 12:16 AM
    It's sad he'll loose his virginity in prision....
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    stryk55 , June 21, 2011 11:37 PM
    alidanwell, i personally, am completely board of all things life has to offer me. they are making their lives more interesting. if i could do what they do with little risk of getting caught, i would to... its kind of like how an arsinest looks at the seen they make, not just the fire they cause, except with the internet.


    You could learn how to spell "arsonist", "bored", and "internet". Maybe that would give you some purpose in life...
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  • 23 Hide
    restatement3dofted , June 21, 2011 11:02 PM
    Good idea, attacking the CIA. Brilliant.
  • 13 Hide
    Anonymous , June 21, 2011 11:09 PM
    wondering, what was the point? What were they trying to achieve?
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    aoneone , June 21, 2011 11:27 PM
    We are like cockroaches... we will never die!!

    Excuse me while I laugh you know what off. ^^ Have a nice day!
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    stm1185 , June 21, 2011 11:29 PM
    I half hope these hackers succeed in bringing down the governments, just so I can watch as they realize they have no skills of use in the anarchy that follows and find themselves starving to death.
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    bison88 , June 21, 2011 11:31 PM
    The Lulz Cannon . . . hmm sounds a lot like Anonymous' "Low Orbit Ion Cannon". Anonymous and LulzSec are one and the same and everyone knows it.
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    stryk55 , June 21, 2011 11:37 PM
    alidanwell, i personally, am completely board of all things life has to offer me. they are making their lives more interesting. if i could do what they do with little risk of getting caught, i would to... its kind of like how an arsinest looks at the seen they make, not just the fire they cause, except with the internet.


    You could learn how to spell "arsonist", "bored", and "internet". Maybe that would give you some purpose in life...
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    Anonymous , June 21, 2011 11:41 PM
    bored, unemployed, pimply-faced nerds.
    nail them to the wall ............ or hire them to fight other hackers.
  • 12 Hide
    chriskrum , June 21, 2011 11:50 PM
    Script kiddies will be skooled.
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2011 12:16 AM
    It's sad he'll loose his virginity in prision....
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2011 12:24 AM
    well, the deal is that. that guy isn't a part of Lulzsec, he only hosted one of their many chat channels on his IRC server. please factcheck Tomshardware :) 

    Lulzsec themselves tweeted that he wasn't a part of their group.
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    geminireaper , June 22, 2011 12:32 AM
    Cebbesenwell, the deal is that. that guy isn't a part of Lulzsec, he only hosted one of their many chat channels on his IRC server. please factcheck Tomshardware Lulzsec themselves tweeted that he wasn't a part of their group.

    and they would never lie would they....
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    Trialsking , June 22, 2011 12:39 AM
    CiuyI personally like what they do. They have the ballz to mess with the big cats. Noone ever tried that except another government. I hope they succeed .Fight the Power !!!



    Spoken like a true little kiddy jackass. Its that kind of attitude that encourages all this nonsense. "Oh lets mess with the big cats cuz its cool." You sound like such a phucing idiot. I hope someone you care about dearly gets hurt because of these "lee7 haxors", then we will see how cool it is.
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    modinn , June 22, 2011 12:48 AM
    Why do people insist on having the "corrupt" governments get hacked by these people? Last I checked, the people of a democratic nation choose who runs their government. Don't like the policies being passed (PATRIOT,No Child Left Behind,ObamaCare)? Then don't vote for the people who write those policies.

    People seem to LOVE to criticize a government in which only 1/2 of the voting population actually partakes in voting. The corruption in private businesses I can understand because the average person has no say in the dealings of the company. But to combat corruption in government, all you have to do is make an EDUCATED vote. And you have to convince others to do the same. Shed the media bias, shed the party system, and shed your personal bias. Just educate yourself on the front runners in an election and choose the most qualified individual. The REAL corrupt thing, in America at least, is the that the parties control the election process. You have to be sponsored by the GOP or the Democratic Party to have a shot at getting elected.....it shouldn't be this black and white.


    But hacking the government won't do anything except cause those in power to strengthen their hold on their office. And I would bet any of these self-purported "hacktivists" who defend these sociopaths and who in fact probably know nothing about computer security would change their view immediately after learning that all of THEIR personal information has been leaked on internet for the world to see.

    And I don't believe that hacking the private businesses will do any good either. What will end up happening is these companies will hike up their prices on products because they have to spend more money securing their systems (which wouldn't have to be secured if not for these guys) and start paying all of the fines the governments will charge them to make up for the money lost in Identity Thefts (which will happen when all of this information is released).

    This is not the way to stand up to corrupt businesses. You know how you can stand up them??? DON'T BUY THEIR PRODUCTS.

    /endrant
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    lolyumadbro , June 22, 2011 12:49 AM
    Your proxies can't protect your tight nerdy asses in jail. Even if this kid is just the IRC ops, you don't think he will rat the rest of you out? Good luck.
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    lolyumadbro , June 22, 2011 12:49 AM
    Your proxies can't protect your tight nerdy asses in jail. Even if this kid is just the IRC ops, you don't think he will rat the rest of you out? Good luck.
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    bebangs , June 22, 2011 1:22 AM
    lulz!!!
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