We’ve all said it, when Lulzsec threatened to started messing with people’s WoW and Steam accounts things would get real. According to a press release by the cybercrime division of the London Metropolitan Police ((PCeU) a 19-year-old man possibly connected to the hacking collective has been arrested 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 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.
It has also been confirmed that the young man is also under investigation for the attack on the United Kingdom’s SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) website as well as this years eariler attack on PlayStation Network.
Lulzsec are of course a hacking collective who “feel the drabness of the cyber community is a burden on what matters: fun.” They have claimed responsibilty for attacks and hacks on the likes of Eve Online, Minecraft and League of Legends which took all these sites offline temporarily. Lately, they targeted government organisations such as the FBI, CIA, US Senate and the UK government website for SOCA. The group which has always believed itself to be two steps ahead of the authorities may now find itself under extreme pressure and scrutiny.
There is no official statement that this is definetely related to Lulzsec’s escalating security incursions, but the description of the suspected actions certainly sounds familiar. Security firm Sophos have also cited speculation that the man is connected to Lulzsec investigations.
Update: Lulzsec are through Twitter denying that the suspect was connected with the group, however there are rumors that he helped run their IRC channel.
Update 2: The BBC are reporting that the name of the arrested suspect is Ryan Cleary from Wickford on Essex. This is the same Ryan Cleary that was formerly a member of AnonOps and who is accused by current members to have bullied other users with threats.