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Teenager held on suspicion of hacking
London, Jun 21 (Agencies):
Published on 21 Jun. 2011 10:07 PM IST
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A teenager has been arrested in a joint Scotland Yard and FBI investigation into the hacking of websites.
The 19-year-old man was held during a raid at a house in Wickford, Essex.
On Monday the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) took its website offline after it was attacked by Lulz Security hackers.
Scotland Yard would not confirm the arrest was connected but did say that it followed a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
The raid in Essex had been a “pre-planned, intelligence-led” operation, it said.
The teenager was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act and is being questioned at a central London police station. He was arrested by the Metropolitan Police’s e-crime unit.
“Searches at a residential address in Wickford, Essex, following the arrest last night have led to the examination of a significant amount of material. These forensic examinations remain ongoing.”
Scotland Yard is co-operating with the FBI as well as Essex Police. An FBI spokesman said it had no comment “at this time”.
Channel 4 News claimed LulzSec may have succeeded in hacking into the database of the 2011 Census, which holds details of every UK citizen who filled out the survey earlier this year.
But the Office for National Statistics has released a statement saying: “We are aware of the suggestion that Census data has been accessed. We are working with our security advisers and contractors to establish whether there is any substance to this.
“The 2011 Census placed the highest priority on maintaining the security of personal data. At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that such a compromise has taken place.”
When Lulz Security, or LulzSec, first appeared in May, the group portrayed itself as a light-hearted organisation, bent on creating online fun and Lulz (laughs).
But LulzSec is said to have been planning to establish itself as a rival to Anonymous, the hacking group embroiled in the WikiLeaks fallout.
LulzSec initially targeted US broadcasters PBS and Fox and gaming firms.
But the Twitter page @LulzSec then declared its intention to break into government websites and leak confidential documents.
LulzSec is also suspected of hacking into CIA, Sony and NHS websites.

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