A 19-year old teenager named Ryan Cleary has been arrested in Essex, UK after authorities believed he was involved in a number of denial-of-service attacks and other hacks. The police have also taken a computer that may be related to the attacks. Authorities will go over the contents of the computer to find more possible evidence to use against the teen.
Though it hasn’t been confirmed, some believe the teenager is a member of LulzSec. Cleary allegedly ran an IRC (Internet Chat Relay) server for LulzSec. Ars Technica says that IRC server is now offline.
LulzSec has been making media headlines lately because of the group’s constant attacks on websites. LulzSec has hacked websites belonging to Sony, Nintendo, Bethesda, the U.S. Senate, the CIA and others. LulzSec has also released usernames and passwords belonging to tens of thousands of innocent people.
LulzSec responded to the arrest on its Twitter page.
“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?”
LulzSec really enjoys all the attention it is getting. One can believe that all these hacks are just a way to get more attention. Now that LulzSec has gotten the attention of government agencies, we wonder how long before more arrests are made.