A 19-year-old suspected of being a mastermind behind notorious international computer hacking group LulzSec has been arrested in Essex, after a joint operation by the FBI and Scotland Yard.On Monday, the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) took its website offline after it was attacked by Lulz Security hackers.It comes just days after the group claimed it brought down the US Central Intelligence Agency’s website.On Twitter, the group wrote: “Tango down – CIA.gov – for the lulz”.
Scotland Yard would not confirm the arrest was connected but did say that it followed a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
The raid in Essex was a “pre-planned, intelligence-led” operation, it said.The teenager was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act and is being questioned at a central London police station.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial of service attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.
“Searches at a residential address in Wickford, Essex, following the arrest last night have led to the examination of a significant amount of material. These forensic examinations remain ongoing.”
Scotland Yard is co-operating with the FBI as well as Essex Police.
LulzSec has claimed that it has been able to steal what could amount to millions of records from the UK 2011 Census, with a public release coming soon.
Source: BBC News