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Teen arrested over hacking attacks

2011-06-21 14:49

London - A 19-year-old man suspected of hacking attacks on international businesses and intelligence agencies has been arrested, British police said on Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police said the teenager is in custody on suspicion of hacking and fraud offenses following a joint operation by its internet crimes unit and the FBI.

Police would not say whether the man is believed to be linked to either the Anonymous or Lulz Security hacking collectives, which have claimed responsibility for a string of high-profile attacks on targets such as the PlayStation Network, the CIA web page and the US Senate computer system.

Most recently, Lulz Security said it had hacked into Britain's census data, obtaining the records of "every single citizen". Census officials said they were investigating the claim.

The group has taken to taunting victims of its attacks on Twitter using the handle "LulzSec".

The teenager was arrested late on Monday in the commuter town of Wickford, about 55km northeast of London, and taken to a central London police station for questioning, police said.

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

Comments
  • Joy - 2011-06-21 15:03

    hehehee - they are getting younger and younger !

      Izwelethu - 2011-06-21 15:18

      HAhahahahaa...they surely are..

      Wollie - 2011-06-21 15:55

      From what I have seen this was most likely a final bash before his retirement, hackers get reckless in their old age.

  • realist101 - 2011-06-21 15:22

    this is every hackers dream, get a high profile for hacking major resources then get arrested and shortly after a nice offer from big firm or private security company to work for them.

  • rumsour - 2011-06-21 15:51

    Give him a proper public caning and send him on his way, none of this human rights crap.

  • sardonicus - 2011-06-21 15:55

    I bet the CIA will probably employ him after serving his term

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-06-21 16:52

    "Officers are conducting forensic examinations on "a significant amount of material" found in the search of a home following the arrest." Any bets on how much of that is Pr0n?

  • halicon - 2011-06-21 22:12

    if i were a hacker i would never do it from home

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-06-22 08:04

    children are the future ,teach them right and let them lead the way

  • Morne Loubser - 2011-06-22 12:13

    Being in the IT security field myself, I think this is rubbish. This kid would have to know SO MANY details particular to the networks he hacks into and also would have to have VAST AMOUNT of knowledge pertaining to security on large networks etc. If he really was guilty, doing it from home would be the FIRST step for someone with this kind of knowledge. Im not saying it's impossible for him to have done this, only that, if indeed he's guilty, he would most certainly not have attempted this feat from home :P

      Morne Loubser - 2011-06-22 12:14

      Sorry typo, NOT "doing it from home would be the FIRST step for someone with this kind of knowledge." theres a NOT missing

      Yoda - 2011-06-27 09:27

      I agree, a person with "Hacking Skills" would not be so stupid. I think he was used by other parties.

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