Police have arrested 19-year-old Ryan Cleary from Essex in connection with the recent spate of online hacking incidents.
The hacking spree first came to prominence when servers run by Sony were hacked, leading to the personal details of millions of users being stolen.
Several other companies and organisations have since suffered at the hands of the group thought to be responsible, known as ‘Lulz Security’. Cleary is believed by the Police and FBI to be a key member of the group.
Sources speaking to The Times indicate an attack on the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) ceased immediately after the Cleary’s computers were seized.
Lulz Security denied Cleary was a significant member of its group, stating on its Twitter page that he ran chat rooms and that ‘all 6 members of @LulzSec are fine and safe’.
Lulz Security has also been linked to the potential hacking of the UK Census database, a claim it has denied. It’s yet to be confirmed whether such a hack took place, but the Office of National Statistics plans to release a statement soon.
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