Police in Britain have arrested a 19-year old man in connection with digital attacks on companies and Government agencies "by a single group of hacking," Metropolitan Police said Tuesday in a statement.
The police did not identify the man or the Organization of hacking. Suspicion immediately fell on two groups: anonymous, a shadowy international network hackers and Lulz Security, a group that has claimed responsibility for attacks in recent weeks on the websites of the Central Intelligence Agency and the United States Senate, as well as on Sony and, on Monday, the British agency fighting organised crime.
The arrest resulted from a joint investigation by UK cybercrime unit, the local police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in attacks "a number of international business and intelligence agencies," police said, without naming specific targets.
British police officials said the man was questioned at a police station in London and was suspected of violating various British computer and fraud laws. After his arrest, they said, officers searched a home in Wickford, about 35 miles north of London, and raised the material which was under consideration. They said that the search was conducted late Monday night. the time of the arrest was not made clear.
Attacks this spring on the websites of several companies, including Sony and Bethesda Softworks, a developer of video games, exploited holes in the Internet security systems that are designed to protect the hundreds of thousands of private user account. In a letter sent last week, security Lulz said it planned to mount more attacks on Government and corporate Web sites, and that his attacks were meant to improve the protection of privacy on the Web exposing lax security.
But the letter also outlined some ambitions expanded. "Priority is stealing and forfeiture of any Government classified information," the Group wrote, adding that it was now working with anonymous. "Prime targets are the banks and other institutions of high rank".
Safety lulz appeared to dismiss speculation that one of her attacker was restrained, writing in a sarcastic post to Twitter that "seems to have stopped the glorious leader of LulzSec, it's all over now ... wait ... we're all still here!" Web sites that track hacking news suggested that the suspect might be disgruntled former member of Anonymous which is known to live in Wickford.
Earlier this month, police officials in Spain announced that they had arrested three men, said to be anonymous, local guide in connection with attacks on Government and corporate Web sites.
Those arrests came after hackers who objected to the legislation that will increase the penalties for illegal downloads briefly took down the Spanish Ministry of culture website. Police said that one of the suspects had a Spanish computer in his apartment in the northern port city of Gij?n, from which the group is believed to have orchestrated attacks.