Hacker Arrest in U.K. Turns Up ‘Significant Amount of Material’

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A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Wickford, Essex by local authorities “working in co-operation with the FBI.”

The complete police report is as follows:

“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 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.

The PCeU was assisted by officers from Essex Police and have been working in co-operation with the FBI.”

Security provider Sophos has an entry on its blog titled: ‘LulzSec suspect’ arrested by New Scotland Yard, with a snippet that says, “It’s important to note at this point that it has not been confirmed that the arrested man is suspected of being involved with LulzSec by the authorities. But many observers are speculating that that could be the case.”

LulzSec, for its part, is denying that the suspect is one of their own.

So we seem to be hovering in that pesky “gray area” with everything so far.

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