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New arrest made in Anonymous and LulzSec clampdown

New arrest made in Anonymous and LulzSec clampdown

Last month, the hacking group proclaimed that none of its members had been arrested

The Metropolitan Police has released a statement saying it has arrested an 18 year old man in relation to the hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec.

Following a pre-planned intelligence-led operation, the man, believed to be known as Topiary in online circles, is apparently a spokesperson for the hacking groups and was arrested under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act and Section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

The arrest was made at a residential address in the Shetland Islands, and the man has since been transferred to a police station in central London. In a further development, a 17-year-old male from Lincolnshire is currently being interviewed by police but hasn't been arrested.

The arrest comes as the Metropolitan Police Service's Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) continues its investigation into the numerous Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and network intrusions that have struck all manner of companies and organisations over the last few months.

These include various websites related to Sony, Nintendo and the NHS. While the severe issues with Sony's PlayStation Network earlier this year haven't been officially claimed, Sony claims that Anonymous was behind the attack.

The arrest is the third so far in the case and all have been made in the UK. What do you make of the latest news? Let us know in the forum.

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GravitySmacked 28th July 2011, 12:17 Quote
Reading the Twitter feeds of the other involved parties it seems that it actually is him. Oh well you reap what you sow.
Windural 28th July 2011, 12:35 Quote
Being from the Shetland Islands myself, I'm absolutely dumbfounded by this, the broadband speeds here are crap :¬P
KiNETiK 28th July 2011, 12:42 Quote
Or have they! t.co/otsQJG2
gcwebbyuk 28th July 2011, 12:53 Quote
I completely disagree with what these hackers have done / are doing - but I can't help but be amazed at what 17/18 year olds are capable of doing! Someone needs to put a leash on them, and then employ them!
Necrow 28th July 2011, 13:18 Quote
It may be a setup, the poor sheep farmer from the Shetlands doesn't even own a PC lol
Woodspoon 28th July 2011, 14:13 Quote
If it really is one of them, then I really really wouldn't want to be him, poking fun at plod for everyone to see is not going to go down well.
thelaw 28th July 2011, 14:17 Quote
Maybe they can hack there way out of jail... /action break_bars.exe
Jake123456 28th July 2011, 16:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by gcwebbyuk
I completely disagree with what these hackers have done / are doing - but I can't help but be amazed at what 17/18 year olds are capable of doing! Someone needs to put a leash on them, and then employ them!

Google is your friend at that age.
SMIFFYDUDE 28th July 2011, 17:19 Quote
Couldn't have been hard to catch them, they were probably the only people using the internet in those areas.
metarinka 28th July 2011, 18:02 Quote
I read a very interesting synposis of the whole thing. It would make a good book or movie. Anyways lulzsec were using various SQL injection techniques that are well known but hard to patch against. So It seems like they were taking a brute force / low hanging fruit approach. They just kept on trying the sem sploits on various servers until they got in.

while they were effective, they weren't breaking new ground or discovering new vulnerabilities.
thehippoz 28th July 2011, 18:23 Quote
I dunno liked their sense of humor- a little out of control, but who isn't
John_T 28th July 2011, 19:00 Quote
As long as they're prosecuted in this country and not shipped off to foreign parts, that's the main thing.

(No offence intended to people from foreign parts, obviously...) :)
Sloth 28th July 2011, 20:40 Quote
Be interesting to see if this leads to anything, can see this ending with a deal trading a softer punishment in exchange for ratting out other members.
Stotherd-001 29th July 2011, 10:07 Quote
I have a strong suspicion theres related arrests happening in the US, they're just smart enough not to tell anyone.
ccxo 29th July 2011, 14:04 Quote
A threat of extradition to the US will proably make them give up every other member or a country that will give them a long jail term.
ssj12 31st July 2011, 20:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by ccxo
A threat of extradition to the US will proably make them give up every other member or a country that will give them a long jail term.

i think you missed the point of anonymous... no one knows who is who.
ccxo 31st July 2011, 22:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by ssj12
i think you missed the point of anonymous... no one knows who is who.

Yet their members do turn against each other easily enough and name them.
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