LulzSec 'mastermind' arrested in Essex

Reports are trickling in that a 19-year-old bloke has been arrested in Wickford, Essex, suspected of being the 'mastermind' behind the mischievous hacking band known as Lulz Security - or LulzSec to you and me.

A swoop last night seems to have been arranged by, um, Inspector Hacker of the Yard following a joint investigation between Scotland Yard and the FBI. The Metropolitan Police said the man is currently being questioned in London in connection with offences under the Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act.

LulzSec stuck their collective heads a bit high over the parapet following recent hacks against major institutions. Over the weekend the outfit began a campaign urging hackers to unite against governments under an anti-security banner #AntiSec.

Yesterday the outfit bombarded the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) with a DDoS attack that forced the site offline. Today the hackers claim to have ambushed the 2011 UK Census data. That hack is as yet unconfirmed.

We recently interviewed one 'Ryan' who was involved in forming a "splinter group" from the hacker collective Anonymous, shortly before LulzSec began its campaign of mayhem.

Ryan just happened to be living in Wickford, Essex.

LulzSec just twitted: "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?"