Potential PlayStation Network, LulzSec hacker arrested in UK - Report

19-year-old man arrested in raid being questioned over PSN breach, suspected of being part of hacker ring; group denies any connection.

British police have apprehended a man they suspect of being part of LulzSec, according to Develop. The British magazine quotes a Scotland Yard spokesperson as saying that the investigative police force has connected a 19-year-old Essex resident it arrested earlier today with the hacker group, which has been blamed for a recent wave of cyberattacks. Companies victimized by the attacks include Elder Scrolls and Fallout publisher Bethesda Softworks and Eve Online publisher CCP Games.

The Briton arrested today is suspected of being part of LulzSec.

On its official website, London's Metropolitan Police have only officially announced that following "a pre-planned intelligence-led operation" assisted by the US's Federal Bureau of Investigation, a man was taken into custody and is being held for questioning. (The man's residence in the UK's Essex region was also searched, leading to the "examination of a significant amount of material.") However, Develop reports that the suspect was charged with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) website, which LulzSec claimed responsibility for.

Further, the Scotland Yard spokesperson told the magazine that the "We will examine the individual for any Sony data" in reference to April's PlayStation Network data breach. The data theft, which saw over 77 million PSN users' data compromised, led to a nearly month-long outage of the PlayStation 3 and PSP's online service and caused the PlayStation Store to be out of commission for nearly six weeks.

For its part, LulzSec used its Twitter feed--where it claimed responsibility for the Bethesda attack--to deny any connection to the arrested individual. This morning, the hacker collective posted the following message: "Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now… wait… we're all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?"

Today's arrest comes just over a week after three suspects were arrested in Spain on suspicion of being involved with the PSN data breach. Spanish authorities accused those individuals of being part of Anonymous, the decentralized hacker collective blamed by Sony for the attacks on its service. However, Anonymous spokespersons have denied any official sanctioning of the PSN breach.

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OriginalXboxGmr
OriginalXboxGmr

So a suspect is under arrest. That's good to hear. Forget examining this douchebag, why not try a little "enhanced interrogation" and see what happens.

lithus
lithus

@Dpl420: lol ya i know it, you know it... but there are a few that don't like to hear it. That's why the "two of them" flagged my post (you know who you are). I guess GS mods are sympathetic to cyber-terrorists, because I broke no TOS rules ;)

Lamesy
Lamesy

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daeknro
daeknro

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doomsayerr
doomsayerr

Meh , let them have it .. i mean , they obviously wanna do this cause they can't do any " impact" in real life , so they try to get attention over the internet , only place where they won't lose their teeth by being a douchebag

Jake518
Jake518

Good. These guys are not heroes. If they were fighting for all of us, they wouldn't release people's private info, credit card info, and passwords. What cause that helps people would do this to them?

Dpl420
Dpl420

@Lithus THANK U , u speak the truth

AceCometh
AceCometh

If he is found to be a member and bet they lay it on thick and heavy to send a message to the hacker community.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@COPMAN221 Hmm... The internet is a fickle thing. Anyway, I would hope you know the value of popular opinion (or more accurately, the lack thereof).

SyedMoeed
SyedMoeed

man why would they arrest a wrong person??? i meant to say that if he would turn out to be innocent

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

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JACKAL1883
JACKAL1883

they are not hackers. anyone can run that script and takes no hacking what so ever. real 1337 hackers wouldn't be caught dead running that script and wouldn't be in high school still sucking on moms tit

hexashadow13
hexashadow13

This guy was awesome. :( I will miss him. QQ

lithus
lithus

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cube-gage
cube-gage

I dont understand why everyone hates hackers at the minute. I personally dont care if my PSN was down for a while, I dont use PSN anyway, think of something else to do or play single player, how games should be played. I support hackers when they p off big companies/government, its funny and im glad there are people that can stick it to the man once in a while.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

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ImBananas
ImBananas

I'd change it if I could, but you can't change usernames.

ImBananas
ImBananas

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COPMAN221
COPMAN221

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COPMAN221

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Lamesy
Lamesy

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Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@AncientDozer I personally think we should go Iraqi on them. They commit most of their crimes with their hands so, lets put their hands on some cinderblocks and crack them open with Baseball Bats.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

Also, can they release a picture of this guy? I can almost garantee that he is over weight, has a terrible hairline and patches of pubic hair growing around his chin/jawline. Its only fitting to release a picture of this guy and his name, since him and his buddies like doing that to other people.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

I still dont see how they can't trace these guys down or ask Twitter for their records. They are pretty much mocking and spitting in the face of law and justice through Twitter....releasing personal information of Cops and putting not only their lives at further risk, but the lives of their families as well? They are nothing more then a pack of cowards who act like a bunch of 6'5 Olypmic Power Lifters and street fighting gods from behind their computers. I really hope they find them and put them in jail so they cna rename their group "lulzwegetbuttraped"

fadersdream
fadersdream

So they released police information and are endangering officers. NOW are they terrorists?

fadersdream
fadersdream

@Maddv1lla1n I guarantee you they will not. The computer programming field is so glutted that the government refuses to look at anyone with a felony on their record. Not to mention the fact that most agencies are on a hiring freeze.

Raxyman
Raxyman

Bring Jack Bauer to do the interrogatory... Pretty please?

jrjcobra
jrjcobra

take these pricks down one by one

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Frame_Dragger Near Perfect, Dragger, is what I said. It's not absolute but it works really well considering how vast the internet is. No protection is perfect, not even living in foreign countries where they don't extradite (because if they really want you, they'll find a way) but it doesn't mean that you'll be caught. Most criminals, of any kind, go uncaught or remain at large for extended periods of time. They JUST NOW caught Whitey Bulger and really what's the point? He's 81 and probably about to die of old age. Hell, I'm still surprised they caught Osama even though he was hiding in plain site.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Frame_Dragger That's a gross generalization. Hacking definitely helps gaming piracy, sure, by bypassing security and accessing networks where games may be stored or whatever, but hacking existed before gaming piracy and, really, before gaming.Of course there's a relationship but it's not as if it's symbiotic or that there's some specific code in place that all hackers follow. Even if hackers are gamers, it's still possible that they game on other platforms and services. Believe it or not, there is the computer, the wii, and the 360. And I'm not comfortable making gross generalizations because it doesn't help us find the guy or guys (girls, even?). What if it does turn out to be a couple of chinese suit and tie guys who saw the perfect opportunity with easy scapegoats? Or maybe it is a bunch of nerdy kids in the UK. But if it happens to be those nerdy kids in basements? I'd be mortified that a business like Sony would fall so easily to them. In other words, we should be more furious with Sony than these guys.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Frame_Dragger Some do, some don't. Some become professional and others do it as a hobby. Some do it out of righteousness and some out of vindictiveness and others just greed. It's nice to see someone straying from the party line that all hackers are the same and that all are inherently motivated by protesting "big business" yet actually are hurting "the little guys". But I do think it's silly to assume that they, what was it, turned on gamers? Who said all of them were on our side? Not every hacker is a gamer and not every hacker was protesting Sony.With the near-perfect shield of anonymity, we don't even know if they're all the same people or different groups. Copycats come to mind.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@Frame_Dragger Oh, no. I know what a joke is, sir. What you need to hear/lean is "in bad taste" and "inappropriate". "Unreasonable escalation" can't hurt, either.

FLYEboi50
FLYEboi50

@Frame_Dragger YES that was my biggest problems with hackers. Them taking it out on the gaming community first was burning me up. CoD4 on PS3 is terrible because of hackers. I can't even unlock a red dot sight for my guns or anything. All I have is all camos unlocked...smh. But yeah, the REAL hacking community noticed gaming companies attacking hackers, thus started this all out hackers-vs-the world thing. smh this is just one big s***storm now lmao.

FLYEboi50
FLYEboi50

@Frame_Dragger Ha! Yeah. But decades of the world being hacked...that's going to be mayhem. These guys are big time hackers. They've taken down CIA website, Brazilian gov website, etc. There's a list of their attacks on knowyourmeme, but yeah, hopefully they get caught sooner. I most recently had to face a trojan on my computer, and quite frankly, HACKING is getting on my last nerve....they must be stopped soon. The sad thing is, there's no real purpose behind their attacks. They're all just for kicks.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

@cooljosh3k, Thanks. Don't you find it funny that since this idiot was taken down and Lulzsec claimed that he was not part of their group there hasn't been any new news of anyone being hacked by them.. Hmmm The must be hiding under their parents bed and hoping the feds don't kick their door down next.. @Lulzsec, They are coming, and they are bringing hell with them so pack up the EZ glide and get ready for some jail time..

Rook891
Rook891

LulzSec? More like LulzSuck

FLYEboi50
FLYEboi50

@Frame_Dragger Yeah, I hope that gives the proper authorities a big enough lead. It seems to not phase whoever is tweeting on the LulzSec twitter feed though. It's as if they're always one step ahead somehow. But it seems that in time they'll be caught. But how much time, idk.

FLYEboi50
FLYEboi50

does anyone read the LulzSec twitter feed? this guy that they caught was scarcely involved in anything. all he did was host the irc server that lulzsec have a channel on. these guys are posting tweets as we speak about all they're next plans & everything. and they're still executing them. smh and they're recruiting hackers everywhere as well. they must be stopped.

Tarjanian
Tarjanian

Let's not be naive here people...do you honestly believe this individual is part of LulzSec...it may be possible that he is, but I highly doubt it. How much faith do you really have in these two Law Enforcement agencies that took this 19 year old down??? It will be very hard for law enforcement to accurately track and find these individuals. LulzSec is not stupid, and they probably have layers of measures in place to conceal their movements....

cooljosh3k
cooljosh3k

@COPMAN221 Very well said. I hope that, if guilty, he suffers along with the rest of this obnoxious hacker group.

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

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AncientDozer
AncientDozer

While I know most of you want justice, many of you are sick and hardly better than these individuals even in jest. Really? You're going to joke about sending people to North Korea or receiving corporal punishment. That's pretty warped. I'm not asking you to like them, just mind your tongues because some people do actually still live in fear of such things. =P Anyway, I've said it before, I'll say it again. Celebrating over one individual is a pathetic, vindictive thing that means nothing. One individual of a decentralized organization means very little, assuming he's even part of it.

Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

It's sad, these guys all do it for the money, ridiculous bullies.

gino_pachino
gino_pachino

this guy deserve to get kick in the nut by kicking the nuts and then to be uploaded on youtube..like this,we can all watch im geting kick in the nut hard by a clown :)

dstv
dstv

Interrogate him ...i bet the LulSec guys are panicking as we speak while using twitter posts to cover it up