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Lulzsec Denies UK 2011 Census Hack

Hacking collective Lulzsec has denied hacking the Office for National Statistics or any other such company (Lockheed Martin comes to mind) in a couple of tweets issued on Twitter.

The posts come after an alleged statement on Pastebin may have been wrongly attributed to them. Lulzsec said "Just saw the pastebin of the UK census hack. That wasn't us - don't believe fake LulzSec releases unless we put out a tweet first."

The tweet was followed later by two other tweets (opens in new tab) saying "Anyone in the world can copy and paste The Lulz Boat ASCII art and general lighthearted theme. Smarten up, check the feed first." The group added, "But hey, if someone out there hacked the UK government in the name of #AntiSec, well done sirs!"

The Office of National Statistics has confirmed that they have no evidence yet of any security breach. In a statement they commented: "We are aware of the suggestion that census data has been accessed. We are working with our security advisers and contractors to establish whether there is any substance to this. The 2011 Census places the highest priority on maintaining the security of personal data. At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that any such compromise has occurred."

Earlier today, a Briton, whom we infer might be 19-year-old, alleged Lulzsec hacker, Ryan Clearly, was arrested and detained at a London police station in an operation mounted by Essex Police with the help of the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU).

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.