Police Arrest Alleged Leader of LulzSec

Another alleged associate of international hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec was taken into custody this week after officers from the Scotland Yard e-crime unit accused the Shetland man of acting as latter group’s spokesperson. The unnamed 18-year-old was taken in on charges of breaching the U.K.’s Computer Misuse and Criminal Law Acts.

The accused teenager, suspected of going by the online name of “Topiary,” was flown to London for questioning following his arrest as part of an investigation into the notorious hacktivist groups Anonymous and LulzSec.

However, the people behind LulzSec exposed, an anti-LulzSec group aimed at exposing the hacktivists, believe authorities arrested the wrong person and that the group mislead authorities on purpose.

“Two weeks back, Topiary tried to mislead us with some email conversations to make us believe that Topiary is a UK guy named Daniel Chatfield,” they wrote on their website. “We didn’t fall for that Troll and then he deleted all his comments on our blog.”

LulzSec became known for its extensive hacking spree, in which it compromised numerous websites, including  Sony and the U.S. Senate’s public site. However, the group announced recently its plan to disband via Twitter. 

“For the past 50 days we’ve been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could,” the group said in a statement. “We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us.”

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