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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.

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.