LulzSec Spokesman Nabbed, Police Say

19-Year-Old Suspect Said to Use the Online Handle Topiary
LulzSec Spokesman Nabbed, Police Say
Scotland Yard Wednesday nabbed what it characterizes as one of the spokesmen of the hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec (see LulzSec: Senate, Sony Hackers Profiled), British authorities report.

Metropolitan Police Service's Police Central e-Crime Unit only identified the 19-year-old suspect by his online nickname, Topiary.

Police arrested the suspect at a Shetland Islands residence, which was searched. Authorities also searched another residence in Lincolnshire. Police also are questioning a 17-year-old male, but he had not been arrested.

Wednesday's operation is part of a continuing investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial of service attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.

The arrest of the alleged spokesman comes a week and a day after American authorities arrested 14 purported members of the hacking group Anonymous (see FBI Nab 14 in 'Anonymous' Hack). Last month, British police arrested another 19-year-old man it contends is a LulzSec member (see Arrested UK Teen Tied to Hacker Groups).


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