New arrest made in Anonymous and LulzSec clampdown

Written by Antony Leather

July 28, 2011 | 11:03

Tags: #anonymous #hacking #lulzsec

Companies: #bit-tech

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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