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UK police arrest hacker in cybercrime operation

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 21 Jun 2011 10:09 User comments (9)

UK police arrest hacker in cybercrime operation Metropolitan Police arrest 19 year old man; media links case to LulzSec group.
Police officers from the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) carried out the arrest as part of a pre-planned intelligence-led operation, which included cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.

The Met statement does not mention the group LulzSec by name, but it does say the investigation being carried out involves network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against international business and intelligence agencies by what it believes is the same group of hackers.

The Met statement comes the same day as confirmation by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONC) that it is investigating a claim that LulzSec has accessed data from the 2011 Census. "We are working with our security advisers and contractors to establish whether there is any substance to this. The 2011 Census places the highest priority on maintaining the security of personal data," the ONC said in a statement.

"At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that any such compromise has occurred."

The 19 year old suspect targeted by the e-Crime Unit was detained on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act, and Fraud Act offences and was taken to a central London police station, where he remains in custody to undergo questioning.

A significant amount of material seized from his home is also being examined.

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9 user comments

121.6.2011 13:50

I hope that for this kid can be helped because if he can't he'll spend along time sitting in a cell thinking about it. There will always be a chance his machine was used a a zombie but that will be discovered once they check his stash of stuff they took if he had help and or is part of any larger group that has been causing issues for others.. who knows time will tell but for now we can play games again on the ps3 ..... yaaaaaaaaaahoooooo sad for him though having the bill sitting around his neck to pay back hes going to be very broke ex gamer for along time, along with his folks if he was living at home....

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221.6.2011 15:23

LulzSec denying that this kid was one of them according to story on ZeroPaid. Sounds like someone's looking for a scapegoat.

Conspiracy theories anyone?

321.6.2011 15:37

One, don't use the "C" word! Thread will go "Buh By" in a heart beat... 2, plasma in another forum (same site here) & I were watching on twitter that somewhere in the British isles were bugging a BallSack conspirator.

I alluded to the fact that he was low level & a squirrel, no real account, but then I would expect no less a comment from BallSack either.

Anonymity bravado is easy, standing in the courtroom before your peers to explain your actions is another.

421.6.2011 17:21

What would happen if he got court, was cleared of that crime but found to be in possession of a load of downloaded media on his hard drive? Films, music, etc...
Could that land him in trouble?


521.6.2011 17:46

He's in Britain, I don't know how the copyright laws are extended over there? Over here, he was arrested under the hospices of cyber crimes, so it would have to be in civil court that he would be sued for the copyright infringements & not DRM. The possession issue becomes whether the computer is actually his or his folks & that brouhaha.

I would find it actually comical if the entertainment industry found themselves on the wrong end of cyber criminal's investigation of this thing... but now I'm just making fun of the whole thing.

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621.6.2011 19:45

At least G-Bay is closed now that the US passes their bill on treating cyber terrorism = to real life terrorism. The kid should have deleted any trace of his hacks as he was doing it. Apparently there is hard evidence enough to incriminate him.

722.6.2011 3:37

perhaps it has something to do with the person in this article link

We have all his online accounts, all his personal information, all the illegal things he's done on record. We destroyed him so hard that he sat there apologizing to us all night on IRC for what he did. His mother probably spanked him after we wrecked his home connection. Uh-oh, m_nerva!

wonder if they found a file hidden on his computer with all his personal information,online accounts & all the illegal things hes done.

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

822.6.2011 14:19

That would then indicate that WebNinjas is again nothing more than a bunch of reporters looking for that big break into prime time and this 'kid' is just a small fish or as the infantry call them, bullet catchers or rocks. Redundantly, nothing more than a talented diversion.

At this point it seems too easy. Kind of like the greatest illusionist ever all of the sudden screwing up? Not that it happens, just too clean. And for it to be 'just one'.

Nah, the dominoes aren't even close to falling yet. These guys are playing a very dangerous game of shadows and mirrors & have no clue as to the nest of sharks they're stirring up.

922.6.2011 18:10

DDoS Attacks, what a Hacker lolz

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