Inspector Knacker of the Yard has confirmed that he has fingered the collar of a 19-year old suspected hacker in Essex in connection with LulzSec attacks in the UK.
The Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) arrested the bloke last night on charges relating to the Computer Misuse Act. They searched a house in Wickford and seized computer equipment which they want to have a look at.
Apparently the arrest comes after a tip off from the Untouchables in the US. Local coppers were also on hand when the PCeU knocked on the door.
We only have it off the record that the arrested man is suspected of being involved with LulzSec by the authorities, but it is apparently a good bet.
Sophos said that LulzSec group has been playing a dangerous game as they started targetting “big players” such as the crime-fighting agencies around the world.
Media friendly Graham Cluley pointed out that coppers don’t tend to take breaking into their computers very kindly and would put man-power to work seeking out intelligence as to who could be involved.
He said that the outfit seems to have become “drunk” with the popularity of its Twitter account which has more than 220,000 followers, and has become increasingly vocal in the messages they have made public.
Cluley said that you have to wonder if all this bragging could lead to the group’s downfall. If coppers believe they have cracked the group then a strong messaage will be sent to others considering engaging in illegal acts such as malicious hacking and denial-of-service attacks.
If this Essex lad is one of the first of the LulzSec crew to go down, it does not appear that he will be joined in the dock by any of the corporates or government agency IT managers who left their servers wide open.
One of the most alarming things about LulzSec attacks is that they are not the most heavy duty of hacks. They have all found vulnerabilities in servers which were easy to exploit. One of the Sony servers had personal data on a server that had no security at all.
Here’s the reply on Twitter: “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?“