Feds on trail of LulzSec raid Ohio house
And Lulzers turn on m_nerva
The international investigation into the notorious LulzSec hacking crew has moved from the UK to the US Midwest with the search of a house in Hamilton, Ohio by FBI agents.
Feds searched the house without making any arrests – at least initially – according to local media reports (here and here). It is unclear whether intelligence that led to the arrest was secured during the investigation of Ryan Cleary, 19, the British teenager last week charged over denial of service attacks linked to the infamous LulzSec hacking crew.
The Guardian recently published LulzSec's private chat logs, a development that might well have yielded clues to investigators. A dump on PasteBin included supposed names and addresses of two members of LulzSec, nicknamed m_nerva and hann, whom other members of the group blame for the chat-log leak, net security firm Sophos reports. By an amazing coincidence m_nerva's address was in Hamilton, Ohio.
A tweet from the @LulzSec feed indicated that m_nerva had become a hate figure within the group. "Remember this tweet, m_nerva, for I know you'll read it: your cold jail cell will be haunted with our endless laughter. Game over, child," it said.
LulzSec, reckoned to have been formed from a splinter group of as few as six participants that split off from Anonymous, ran a 50-day campaign of mischief and mayhem before calling it quits last weekend. Its targets include FBI affiliated security consultancies, UK police agency SOCA, numerous games publishers and Sony. The group said the decision to disband itself had nothing to do with increased law enforcement attention. ®
... claims to have aspergers and has asked to be extradited to the UK.
RE: Don't trust your buddies in crime
Crime writer Elmore Leonard did a lot of research for his novels. He came up with some interesting observations, including that more criminals had been convicted as a result of being "grassed up" by other criminals than by any other means. It explained why known grasses are so unpopular that they were the group at highest risk of being killed in prison. From his research, Leonard decided that the worst thing a criminal could do was mix with other criminals, as the chances of getting caught seemed to go up exponentially with each association with another criminal. It seems the rule still applies to skiddy gangs too - by their very nature, they require co-operation between groups of people without much to lose from grassing each other up. If you were facing a stretch inside, how much would you worry about grassing on some guy you may never have actually met? There is no honour between thieves seems to apply just as neatly to street gangs as to skiddies.
Brave Sir LulzSec...
He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp,
Or to have his eyes gouged out, and his elbows broken;
To have his kneecaps split, and his body burned away;
And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir LulzSec!
His head smashed in and his heart cut out
And his liver removed and his bowels unplugged
And his nostrils raped and his bottom burned off
And his pen--