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Australian Federal Police claim arrest of 'LulzSec leader'

Suspect is IT pro with access to government data at work

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Updated The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has arrested a man described "a self-proclaimed leader of the group ‘Lulz Security’ (Lulzsec), a computer hacking group that has existed since 2011."

The as-yet-unnamed 24-year-old man was apprehended in the coastal town of Point Clare was arrested after using a known exploit to last month access and deface a government web site.

The arrested man is widely believed to have used the name "OzShock" or "Aush0k” online and has been charged with defacing a government web site. The AFP says he worked for an international IT company and may have used the information he was able to access about clients, which included government agencies, to perpetrate the defacement.

The AFP says it arrested the man because his activities posed a danger to Australia. The Force also says the man is a member of LulzSec.

Others disagree. Anonymous Australia says it has no idea who OzShock is and does not feel he is known to their members.

Anons have dismissed him as likely operating generic software from a Windows machine, a nasty insult in that milieu!

Others have expressed doubt that LulzSec has leaders, never mind leaders willing to, or likely to, 'fess up to that status when apprehended.

No significant defacement of an Australian government web site was detected during March.

The arrest comes a day after a member of the collective was jailed in America for the SQL injection attack that compromised Sony's computers.

Cody Kretsinger, whose tag was “recursion”, has been given a year and one day in prison for the Sony crack.

The AFP says the man will face court on three charges in May. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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