Lulzsec hacker was security expert

One person caught by coppers in their round up of Lulz Security hackers is a bloke who led a nonprofit group in Galway dedicated to making websites more secure.

Darren Martyn was a local chapter leader of the Open Web Application Security Project, which develops open-source applications to improve security.

Thomas Brennan, who is a director of OWASP’s parent group, said Martyn resigned last week after news of the arrests came out.

Brennan told Reuters that it was all about laws and ethics, and people have to determine whether they want to follow the speed limit, follow the law,. He said that security experts had the same skill set as the bad guys, but the only difference is ethics.

Martyn’s Facebook page says that he attended the National University of Ireland in Galway and that “people who inspire” him include reformed hacker Kevin Mitnick, security professional HD Moore and Mahatma Gandhi, who was not known for his Java based hacking skills.

Martyn was named in the same indictment as Jake Davis, accused of being Topiary, and Ryan Ackroyd, accused of being Kayla.

In Lulzsec Martyn was known online as Pwnsauce and Networkkitten, according to the court documents.

Martyn is listed in the indictment as currently residing in Ireland and it is not clear if the Irish will turn him over.