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Teenager Arrested In Essex Is Not Lulzsec Leader

Hacker group, Lulz Security, has issued a quick tweet denying the suggestions that their leader was arrested by the London Metropolitan Police earlier yesterday; the police force's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) issued a statement a few hours ago saying that they had arrested a 19-year old man in a "pre-planned intelligence-led" operation.

The arrest, the statement continues, comes after an investigation into "network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks" that were carried out against a number of international companies and intelligence agencies by, the PcEU statement says, the same hacking group.

Lulzsec gibed on its official twitter account: "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?"

That teenager is likely to be Ryan Clearly, the former IRC-operator and ex-Anonymous member who became a turncoat after allegedly stealing passwords and targeting its own network servers.

The fact that the PCeU statement mentions a residential address in Wickford, Essex, quasi-confirms the identity of Clearly. He was arrested on suspicion of violating the Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act offences and remains in custody for questioning.