Alleged LulzSec hacker still inside
The Metropolitan Police are still holding a 19-year-old man on suspicion of involvement with the LulzSec group of hackers.
LulzSec itself, via Twitter, refuted claims that he is some sort of leader. The group also posted the identities of two US residents they accuse of talking to police. The group warned: "There is no mercy on the Lulz Boat."
Meanwhile UK papers have named the alleged hacker as Ryan Cleary, of Wickford, Essex. Police sources told the Currant Bun they believe he is "a major player" within LulzSec.
LulzSec said he ran an IRC server used to host chatrooms.
The group said: "Clearly the UK police are so desperate to catch us that they've gone and arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated with us. Lame."
"We use Ryan's server, we also use Efnet, 2600, Rizon and AnonOps IRC servers. That doesn't mean they're all part of our group."
The hackers also suggested people continue to release fake LulzSec news because it helps separate the fact-checking media from "the peon masses".
The Met confirmed to us they are still holding a 19-year-old for questioning. He has not been charged yet.
Cleary's mum told Sun Ryan was agoraphobic and has a history of mental illness. Ryan's half-brother told the paper: "Ryan used to be part of WikiLeaks. He has upset someone doing that and they made a Facebook page having a go at him."
He was arrested by members of Scotland Yard's e-crime unit acting on intelligence from the FBI. Because LulzSec attacked websites belonging to the US Senate, CIA and FBI there are fears that Cleary could face extradition to face charges in the US.
In other news, a Twitter account reported to CEOP for hosting child sex abuse images has been removed from the service following yesterday's complaints. ®
The tabloids are describing him as the World's number 1 hacker. This is clearly rubbish. He got arrested for a start so that pretty much crosses him of the list.
The CIA, FBI and police are just annoyed a teenager walked all over their security ... when security is sort of their job. Not that they have actually proved anything yet.
The whole Sony story is only a story because they were storing passwords in plain text. Whoever breached Sony was doing their customers a favour by highlighting how poor Sony's grasp of data management was. Sony should be prosecuted for breaching the data protection act.
But I forgot. Our laws only apply in the UK. Shame the data protection act wasn't a US law and then it would apply to everyone.
A prize for the first MP to have the balls to tell the US to stick their one-sided extradition arrangement.
Even if all he did was deliver their pizza the Met would contend that he's "a major player" just for the headlines and to appear as if they're doing something useful for a change.
UK laws are indeed only applicable in the UK, but for some strange reason, apparently, US laws are applicable everywhere. Strange really.