A 19-year-old has been arrested in connection with recent attacks, and is being purported to be connected with the LulzSec group, responsible for Sony, and other hacks. The Channel 4 news agency posted the following tweet on Twitter:
19-year-old suspected of being mastermind behind computer hacking group LulzSec arrested in Wickford, Essex. #c4news
The Metropolitan Police released the following statement on the arrest:
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) have arrested a 19-year-old man in a pre-planned intelligence-led operation. The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.
The PCeU was assisted by officers from Essex Police and have been working in co-operation with the FBI. The teenager was arrested on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act, and Fraud Act offences and was taken to a central London police station, where he currently remains in custody for questioning.
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.
“Sabu”, a self-confessed member of LulzSec states that the suspect arrested by the Metropolitan Police was involved in running its IRC channel only. All of their members remain free and accounted for.