A 19-year-old male has been arrested by Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) in Essex, UK under the suspicion that he is in connected with the hacker group LulzSec.
Allegedly the FBI and Essex police authorities worked together with the PCeU to investigate the case of LulzSec, a highly publicized hacker group responsible for cyber attacks against many organizations.
LulzSec, or what some refer to as 'LulzSecurity' or 'The Lulz Boat', has been responsible for a rash of hacker attacks against several organizations including a PBS website, a Sony website and even the U.S. Government's CIA.gov site. Many of the attacks rooted from a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack which inundated some sites with heavy traffic until the server became unresponsive.
The LulzSec hacker group has been quite controversial in the past weeks. The hacker group has posted fake stories on news sites and played mischievous hacking games that targeted big agencies. LulzSec's repeated efforts to attack sites and organizations, while making it publicly known at the same time, would make it only a matter of time before authorities crack down on their full operation, especially when the CIA site was put in the hacker group's crosshairs.
Just after the news of the 19-year-old man being arrested, LulzSec updated their Twitter feed to read the following in Figure 1.:
Figure 1. - LulzSec Twitter Feed: 'Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now… wait… we're still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?'
From the twitter message above, it is obvious that the LulzSec hackers are blatantly cocky and may have many members involved in their organization. Could it be that the 19-year-old man arrested by PCeU is their actual 'ring leader'? Hackers use to hack just for the fun of it and then it turned into 'hacking for money'. Could the LulzSec hackers be in it just for the thrill and notoriety of modern-day hackers in general?