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Has Lulzsec Spokesman Topiary Been Arrested?

One of the main spokespersons for Lulzsec and Anonymous, a hacker known only by his handle, Topiary, has apparently been arrested in the Shetland Islands earlier today.

The 19-year-old man was arrested as part of an operation led by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) and has been transported to a police station in Central London several hundreds of kilometers from his home.

As a note, Topiary deleted all the tweets on his Twitter account leaving only a solitary "you cannot arrest an idea" up there.

It is understood that the police are also searching a house in Lincolnshire in a related matter and are interviewing a 17-year-old boy under caution.

AnonymousIRC, the offficial Twitter channel of the merged Anonymous and Lulzsec entity has not yet been updated to comment on the event - at the time of writing - with the last tweet occurring more than one hour ago.

The Metropolitan Police (opens in new tab) issued a statement saying that the "pre-planned intelligence-led operation" was carried out as part of "an ongoing international investigation" that scrutinised the slew of cyber-attacks that hit international businesses and governmental agencies such as Sony, the CIA, FBI, US Senate, the Sun newspaper and many others.

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.