An 19-year old hacker, known online as ‘Topiary’, was arrested yesterday by the London Metropolitan Police’s E-Crime unit. Believed to be the spokesman (and Twitter feed manager) for both LulzSec and Anonymous, the man’s address was traced to the Shetland Islands, and he was taken into custody under suspicion of involvement with both organizations. Combined, LulzSec and Anonymous have claimed responsibility for cyber attacks on several video game software companies, business websites, and government organizations. It is believed that LulzSec branched off from Anonymous due to disagreements on activist values.
“Today’s operation is linked to [an e-crime] 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,” a police statement read.