LulzSec spokesman "Topiary" has been arrested say UK police [Update: LulzSec confirms]

 

Whilst LulzSec may now have disbanded, the police are still investigating their actions and have now released a statement announcing they have arrested a prominent LulzSec member under the name of Topiary.

Topiary was named as the LulzSec spokesperson numerous times by several groups trying to gain information on the team. He was said to be involved with the attacks on HBGary, Westboro Baptist church, Gawker, PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and several government websites.

The 19 year old was arrested by British police in the Shetland Islands at his home and is currently being taken to a police station in central London. The police are searching his address for evidence to link him with the attacks. The statement by the Police also said:

“A residential address in Lincolnshire is also being searched. A 17-year-old male is being interviewed under caution in connection with the inquiry. He has not been arrested.

Today’s operation is linked to PCeU’s ongoing investigation into network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group.”

First mention of Topiary in the media was when he hacked into the Westboro Baptist church’s website whilst a guest on The David Pakman Show. He left a message from Anonymous on the church’s website as Pakman was questioning whether Anoymous had been involved in bringing down multiple church websites.

Update: Suspected LulzSec leader Sabu has confirmed via Twitter that the police have arrested Topiary.

 

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Quite frankly if you break the law (whether the law is morally or ethically correct) you can't cry too much when the Law Enforcement agencies catch up with you....which for Online crimes it seems is increasingly likely.

Anonymous, were the other day, asking people to boycott Paypal over one of their members being caught for hacking them....just stupid!

Wiggz said,
Quite frankly if you break the law (whether the law is morally or ethically correct) you can't cry too much when the Law Enforcement agencies catch up with you....which for Online crimes it seems is increasingly likely.

Anonymous, were the other day, asking people to boycott Paypal over one of their members being caught for hacking them....just stupid!

Hack Justice System?

FMH said,
What does he mean by "doxers"? It's not even a word, as far as I know.

It's the term used to describe those who trying to reveal the identity of hackers, I believe.

morrizz said,

It's the term used to describe those who trying to reveal the identity of hackers, I believe.
Got it! Something like intelligence agencies.

FMH said,
What does he mean by "doxers"? It's not even a word, as far as I know.
I think its slang for documents but Im not up to date on my 1337 speak. Anyway, I think its good theyre getting arrested.

FMH said,
Got it! Something like intelligence agencies.

Perhaps, it's more like people from rival hacker group than agencies. I remember there were ppl exposing information awhile back. They are called "doxers".

FMH said,
What does he mean by "doxers"? It's not even a word, as far as I know.

Doxed Topiary - published the real world identity of Topiary

Hopefully they cleared their computers when they disbanded. Police would then only be able to prove the address the attacks originated from, not the person coordinating them.

"Update: Suspected LulzSec leader Sabu has confirmed via Twitter that the police have arrested Topiary."

Oh, please. Everybody knows that LulzSec members constantly play the disinformation game. Make everybody think Topiary really is in custody, make Ninjas/A-Team/Jester look like fools, and basically give Daniel some breathing room.

Besides, IIRC, Daniel was doxed as admitting that he stole his 'Topiary' handle from some other guy that he labeled as a troll. How do we know the cops didn't nail the troll?

Slugbait said,
"Update: Suspected LulzSec leader Sabu has confirmed via Twitter that the police have arrested Topiary."

Oh, please. Everybody knows that LulzSec members constantly play the disinformation game. Make everybody think Topiary really is in custody, make Ninjas/A-Team/Jester look like fools, and basically give Daniel some breathing room.

Besides, IIRC, Daniel was doxed as admitting that he stole his 'Topiary' handle from some other guy that he labeled as a troll. How do we know the cops didn't nail the troll?

I was just reading this (be sure to read the last sentence, regarding his Swedish accent).

http://www.dailytech.com/Exclu...+Wrong+Guy/article22280.htm

Rodrigo said,
I was just reading this (be sure to read the last sentence, regarding his Swedish accent).
Yeah, it was an easy call, just gotta pay attention to their MO. Ninjas linked to that same article this morning, and again pointed out the dupe Topiary tried to pull on them a couple weeks back. MSNBC reported on it an hour ago.

Hey Tom, how about a friendly nod to the forums' thread where it was reported hours prior to the front page post?

vanx said,
Hey Tom, how about a friendly nod to the forums' thread where it was reported hours prior to the front page post?

My apologies. I didn't see the forum thread. I found it in my twitter feed. Generally we only link to the forum threads if that was our source.

Tom said,
My apologies. I didn't see the forum thread. I found it in my twitter feed. Generally we only link to the forum threads if that was our source.
No biggie. While there is automatically a thread in front page news forum, it's nice to have a link to a back pages news thread where discussion may have been raging for some time.

You might want to edit the title of this article as it says he hasn't been arrested in the Police statement...

Sounds like he's being interviewed under caution on a voluntary basis.

Hardcore Til I Die said,
You might want to edit the title of this article as it says he hasn't been arrested in the Police statement...

Sounds like he's being interviewed under caution on a voluntary basis.


The Police statement says the 17 year old wasnt arrested. The 19 year old known as Topiary was arrested according to the police statement which means the title is fine.

ILikeTobacco said,

The Police statement says the 17 year old wasnt arrested. The 19 year old known as Topiary was arrested according to the police statement which means the title is fine.

Oops my bad!

I wonder who the 17 year old is, I live in Lincolnshire. It's a pretty big place though

To clarify. Topiary (19 year old) was arrested. Another person suspected of similar actions (17 year old) wasn't arrested but is being searched.

Tom said,
To clarify. Topiary (19 year old) was arrested. Another person suspected of similar actions (17 year old) wasn't arrested but is being searched.

Shouldn't need to. People just need to learn to read. There is just too many people trying to bash others at the moment though over their views of "justice".

Tom said,
To clarify. Topiary (19 year old) was arrested. Another person suspected of similar actions (17 year old) wasn't arrested but is being searched.
They are sure it's Topiary? I thought he was doxed as Swedish? Or was that dox incorrect?

Where one falls, two more raise up in their place. These groups are about discontent and social rebellion. When you stomp out one cell, another raises up. It isn't about not learning the lesson, it's about hating the lesson. The harder you stomp, the faster they grow.

No matter what, this is the new reality. As governments exercise more and more power, they will feed these groups.

This isn't about pushing a political agenda, it's about ending one with chaos. How does one fight chaos again?

I suppose you can't do nothing, but taking actions that create and train your enemy are hardly what I would call effective.

Exactly what this is all about. Lulzsec surely claimed they did stuff for the "lulz", but they also picked and chose their targets to be those considered "evil".

Now random "members" of Anonymous are taking their place, except in much more volume.

I haven't heard from Westboro for a very long time...

Morden said,

Get them a job, or get themselves a girlfriend. Social rebellion solved.

Heh, sadly wrong. Sucky jobs lead to discontent and rebellion. And as for females - don't fool yourself. More men follow women into foolish causes looking for a date than you can possibly imagine.

Xepol said,

Heh, sadly wrong. Sucky jobs lead to discontent and rebellion. And as for females - don't fool yourself. More men follow women into foolish causes looking for a date than you can possibly imagine.

Well, social aid and choosing between your right and left hand is waaay better, really
There's no need for hairsplitting. I meant that i don't think these people are true revolutionaries. It's an acutal trend and when it passes these guys will be gone too and the world is once again saved from the chaos and anarchy some desire out of simple boredom.

Xepol said,
These groups are about discontent and social rebellion.

Yea lol they can hope to cause discontent on some forums and neowin comments only, but not in somewhere else.

Reacon said,
I haven't heard from Westboro for a very long time...

You must not keep up-to-date with their activities. They flew to New York on the Sunday that has just passed to protest the first same-sex marriages recognised by that state. Anonymous's attack has not harmed the Westboro Baptist Church longterm at all.

Callum said,

You must not keep up-to-date with their activities. They flew to New York on the Sunday that has just passed to protest the first same-sex marriages recognised by that state. Anonymous's attack has not harmed the Westboro Baptist Church longterm at all.

My main source of news is here. I haven't seen an article on them posted in RWN for a while now.

netsendjoe said,
probable cause has to be determined before an arrest can be made

Uhm did you read? It clearly says "He has not been arrested".

andrewbares said,

Uhm did you read? It clearly says "He has not been arrested".

You should probably reread that. The 19 year old named "Topiary" was arrested. Another kid, a 17 year old, was not.

andrewbares said,

Uhm did you read? It clearly says "He has not been arrested".


Umm, did you read? "The 19 year old was arrested by British police in the Shetland Islands at his home and is currently being taken to a police station in central London." Then while it later says for the 17 yr old , "He has not been arrested".

So many trolls lately though. It's like no one can post a comment without trying to bash someone... So I decided I might join in on it to see what's so fun...

Good to see more action is being taken upon these kids. They will all be caught with time, and with how many different countries laws they have broken, I wonder how every ones "justice" will be served.

norseman said,
I hope someone tears his ******* through his choda to his scrotum.

why? did he steal any money from you? did he rape your sister or mom?

zeta_immersion said,

why? did he steal any money from you? did he rape your sister or mom?

He definitely could have caused people to steal money from you. More importantly, he endangered hundreds of border security officers by revealing their identities

andrewbares said,

He definitely could have caused people to steal money from you. More importantly, he endangered hundreds of border security officers by revealing their identities

sure, agree with you, but identity theft and user protection is at the hand of the company you entrust your credentials with, thus, say apple/ms/sony/paypal must ensure security with the data you have given them

(I did not agree with the officers data being released, but then agian, no one is a saint, still, did not agree with that)

zeta_immersion said,
sure, agree with you, but identity theft and user protection is at the hand of the company you entrust your credentials with, thus, say apple/ms/sony/paypal must ensure security with the data you have given them
Sorry, but just because security was less strict, that doesn't make it less illegal. If I hacked an account username/password by guessing the password, I wouldn't be doing something less illegal because the password was 'cheese' as opposed to something 40 characters long.

zeta_immersion said,
(I did not agree with the officers data being released, but then agian, no one is a saint, still, did not agree with that)
Since you added this ... er, perhaps leave out the implied questioning of the officers' moral standing next time?

andrewbares said,

He definitely could have caused people to steal money from you. More importantly, he endangered hundreds of border security officers by revealing their identities

well said. Lulzsec is anything but cool. They are scum. Aholes.