“LulzSec suspect” arrested in Scotland Yard, FBI swoop

Tuesday, 21st June 2011 12:31 GMT By Staff

The UK Metropolitan Police has confirmed that its Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has arrested a 19-year-old man in a pre-planned intelligence-led operation.

What is LulzSec?

LulzSec is a hacking group which has claimed reponsibility for attacks on Bethesda, EVE Online, League of Legends and The Escapist. It has also targeted non-games services and companies, such as Sony Pictures and the CIA. Read more on Wikipedia.

While Naked Security is reporting that the arrest has been made in connection to the recent spate of LulzSec attacks, the LulzSec Twitter account posted the following in response to the news:

“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?”

According to the Ars Technica, the suspect Ryan Cleary is a former member of Anonymous and 808chan associate, who dared to hack Anonymous’s own IRC server when parting ways with the hacktivst group.

The Met issued a press release today, saying, “The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.

“The teenager was arrested on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act, and Fraud Act offences and was taken to a central London police station, where he currently remains in custody for questioning.

“Searches at a residential address in Wickford, Essex, following the arrest last night have led to the examination of a significant amount of material. These forensic examinations remain ongoing.”

The PCeU was assisted by officers from Essex Police and have been working in co-operation with the FBI.

Scotland Yard has told Develop that it would “examine the individual for any Sony data,” confirming the arrest was made in relation to the PSN outage caused back in April.

The LulzSec hacking group has recently been responsible for bring down EVE Online, League of Legends and other games-related services and companies, as well as apparently hacking the CIA and, only this morning, the UK Census.

LulzSec’s action are merely the latest in a year plagued by covert web activity against games firms, with the coup de grâce being an intrusion into PSN’s data in April that took the service offline for a month.



  1. Perfectionist

    That guy is so screwed.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Good. Bang him up and make him official soap-retriever.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Lounds

    UK census is a joke anyways, it’s just so US can keep tabs on us.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Are they going to tell us his name, address, date of birth, and credit card details, then? Seeing as he likes that stuff to be out in the open?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. BraveArse

    Age comes as no surprise… unfortunately he’s just that teeny bit too old to avoid being interrogated with spiky things. \o/

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    That young man is in very serious shit.

    *looks over top of spectacles*

    #6 4 years ago
  7. BraveArse

    /strokes slightly greying beard

    /mine, not Pat’s

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DSB

    How does that saying go… For the Lulz?

    Really though, the guy’s a suspect. You can’t hand him over to sexually frustrated gangbangers until he’s gotten a fair trial.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    @7 – Saucy.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. BraveArse

    @9 – depends what I’ve been eating that day…

    … the beard.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Perfectionist

    Well the Twitter feed hasn’t been updated in 8 hours, I wonder if it is just 1 guy.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Hunam

    Police are probably being quite thorough with their digital forensics. Apparently that folder named Pr0n has been passed to every member to make sure nothing is missed.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Christopher Jack

    Do these guys even consider any consequences? Seems that many of todays youths are tomorrows sociopaths. (I’m barely 18 & I sound like an old fart =\).
    They think that disrupting federal networks are a joke-what kind of people are raising these tools?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. ReeceHeywood

    So funny that this guy lives not even 20 mins away from me. xD

    #14 4 years ago
  15. DrDamn

    Imagine the ‘lulz’ should they confirm he still lives with his parents …

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Hunam

    If you are 19 it’s perfectly acceptable to still live with your parents.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DSB

    @13 Sadly very few police forces have the manpower to do anything about it. I live in a country of roughly 6 million, we have roughly 14,000 police officers, and 27,000 cases of identity theft each year. For a lot of those scammers, that’s a genuine freebie.

    Plus, if you do get caught hacking, you’re highly unlikely to ever serve more than 7 years. That’s what’s happened to people who’ve breached federal networks and taken info.

    I’d like to see Lulzsec get harder penalties for publishing information, but as long as they don’t use that information for crime themselves, then you can really only punish them for retrieving it.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. GwynbleiddiuM

    Lulz =))

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    It’s front page on the BBC’s international version now –

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Perfectionist

    DSB, are you from Denmark?

    #20 4 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    For a regular person sure, but when you have built up a big hacking reputation and attacked websites like the CIA, FBI and SOCA it’s going to look silly.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    @20 Yessir :)

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Kaufer

    If he really is from Lulzsec, others would no doubt want a piece of him too. If he gets a light sentenced in UK it will add up when he gets extradited to the US. Maybe Japan too if Sony Pictures will persue him.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Hunam

    @21 Reality is never going to be as good as the myth when it comes to hackers.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Redh3lix

    Hahha! Serves the bastard right! Made my day :)

    Lulz got raged

    #25 4 years ago
  26. YoungZer0

    @23: I’d laugh my ass off if that would be the case.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. deathgaze

    As much as everyone hates them, they do have a point that everyone seems to be missing in all the chaos that they’re creating.

    Your crap is still vulnerable and no one cares. Sony made a big to-do about securing your data after the hacking incident. Even after a month of downtime and round-the-clock work to restore the service, it still had major security flaws (and likely still does).

    I really don’t mean to troll, but can’t you people tell a tree from a forest? LulzSec, in it’s way, is doing us a favor. They’re showing us that we can’t trust the people we’ve trusted with our data. When some teenage script kiddie can get his hands on the personal data and credit card information of millions of people OVER AND OVER again, there’s a systemic problem – not a problem with LulzSec.

    I’m not a supporter of what they’re doing. I just think it’s useful to see things their way in order to understand why they’re doing what they’re doing. As they’ve aptly demonstrated, the technology used to secure your personal data is laughable.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Blerk

    They’re doing us a favour by showing the insecurities. They’re not doing us a favour by putting everyone’s details on public torrents.

    By all means shame the lazy-arsed companies. But don’t fuck the innocents over in the process.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DrDamn

    Except they aren’t doing it for those reasons at all. They are doing it for the lulz … … there is no grand purpose, it’s all for “fun”.

    The main Lulzsec twitter feed is back tweeting btw.

    Also more news around the various outlets that the person arrested is Ryan Cleary. Which seems to fit other data like age, address etc. He was a member of Anonymous and went a bit rogue.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. MadFingerz

    @27 Your comment would somewhat make sense if lulz actually cared about that instead of just being a bunch of pricks who have fun at other people’s expenses. Also, everyone knows the internet isn’t a safe place. No one needs having their accounts hacked to realise that. It’s not like you would start mugging people to make your government realise streets aren’t safe and that a bigger police force is needed..

    #30 4 years ago
  31. deathgaze

    @DrDamn: Very little of the information that they’ve released has been harmful. Yes, they’ve released some email addresses and passwords. But these were only a small percentage of what they actually have. If they were truly malicious, why not just release everything? If it’s just for the lulz, then we would probably have the personal information of everyone who played Brink online. But we don’t.

    Make no mistake, LulzSec has an agenda beyond the lulz. Some of their members have publicly stated such. That agenda, to reiterate what I said before, is to show how laughable data security really is.

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Schindet Nemo

    @ 27

    I can understand your thinking but I have to disagree with you here.

    LulzSec didn’t hack anything but a Sega Newsletter Site and Bethesda’s Brink player list.They spent their entire time DDos’ing people, which is the equilvalent to taking a couple of thousand PCs, loading the same website and pressing refresh until the server can’t keep up and crashes. This has absolutely nothing to do with pointing out flaws in someone’s security, as soon as the attack stops the site will be back up.
    They do what they do not because of some noble motivation. but simply because they can. They are like children who start to throw their toys around, not because they want to break them , but because they’re bored. They claim that they are doing this because they want to point out security flaws, but that’s nothing but a laughable excuse.

    You are absolutely right that companies don’t give a damn about the security of our data until they are actually attacked and it’s way too late, but that still doesn’t justify LulzSec’s deeds.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. NeoSquall

    Now strip him of his consciousness and turn him into a Servitor.

    I wonder how will he laugh once his brains will be used in experiments to implement the “first human neural network”, while his arms and legs are replaced by data cables and his torso is filled with server components.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Schindet Nemo

    Even in death he shall surf

    #34 4 years ago
  35. NeoSquall

    @34 well no, being entombed in a sacred dreadnought armor is too high an honour for such scum.

    nice animation, though.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. deathgaze

    @Schindet Nemo:

    I never said it was justified. I only said it was understandable. And you’re right about the DDOS attacks – there’s really no excuse for them other than to do it for the lulz.

    However, if you think all they’ve done is Brink and Sega, you simply haven’t been keeping up. Check their website to see all of the information they’ve released about their attacks.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Patrick Garratt

    LulzSec’s still tweeting.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. DrDamn

    Pat’s still not reading his own comments thread ( :)

    #38 4 years ago
  39. Patrick Garratt

    I have other things to do! Like sleeping, etc.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. DrDamn

    Pfft – you have kids, you care not for sleep. :)

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Uncontested

    One less idiot, round them all up, ban them for life from computer/phone/ipad/whateverthefuck else useage and watch them cry like little girls without their source of ‘lulz’

    I can’t wait till they catch the ones who hacked the senate network and charge them with conspiracy and treason.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. Lightmanone

    Lulzsec won’t be over. However, I do wonder how in the hell they find that guy O.o I mean.. someone as good as lolzsec, must have covered their tracks really well in order to hack into several sites, of which the CIA is one of them. I am looking forward how this story develops. In my eyes Lolzsec is one of the best groups in the world at the moment.. Why? Cause they show the world how weak the security really is. Next stop: facebook, hack it open ^^;

    #42 4 years ago
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    #43 4 years ago
  44. sg1974

    Funny thing is these hackers wouldnt be so angry at the world if they could get laid. Now, some of them are going to get more sex then they can cope with.

    Be polite and swallow, Ryan. Not so Anonymous now, are you.

    #44 4 years ago

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