London: A British teenager has been
arrested in a swoop by the FBI and Scotland Yard for allegedly
hacking attacks on international businesses and intelligence
agencies, the Metropolitan Police said on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old man is being questioned under the
Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act. He is suspected of leading
the notorious Lulz Security hacking group and was arrested in
a pre-planned intelligence-led operation in Wickford, Essex,
the Metropolitan Police said.
Lulz Security has claimed responsibility for a number
of online security breaches at organisations including
Britain`s Serious Organised Crime Agency, the US Senate and
CIA, as well as the games firms Nintendo and Sony.
He was arrested by officers from the force`s e-crime
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "The arrest follows an
investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial
of service attacks against a number of international
businesses and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be
the same hacking group."
"Searches at a residential address in Wickford
following the arrest last night have led to the examination of
significant amount of material," the spokesman said.
"These forensic examinations remain ongoing. The Met
and Essex Police are working in cooperation with the FBI", the
The teenager remains in custody at a central London
Police station. Last night, Lulz Security claimed
responsibility for crashing the Serious Organised Crime Agency
website on Monday.