Topiary, LulzSec’s most public member and second-in-command has reportedly been arrested. He’s the one that ran LulzSec’s Twitter and wrote all of their eloquent messages — and he was only 19. Topiary deleted every tweet from his personal twitter and left only one: “You can’t arrest an idea,” pointing more to the fact that he was arrested and even knew it was coming. LulzSec will undoubtedly confirm or deny all of this soon enough, but this all comes on the heels of a sting which nailed 14 members of Anonymous, which reportedly has ties to the more-low-key group. source
» If the hearing wasn’t enough to make Murdoch sweat, LulzSec might be able to do the trick. They’re reportedly going to release a whole bunch of emails from News International staffers. Those emails will show what various people in the organization know, if they know anything about the phone hacking. They’ve already released Rebekah Brooks’s email password.
If in fact Lulz Security is responsible for doing this, it should be noted that this is also notable for being really humorless for them. They’re generally known, even as they take on very powerful targets, for being kind of sarcastic and snarky in the way that they announce these things publicly … there’s none of that going on here.Rachel Maddow • Offering her take on the massive data dump that LulzSec reportedly just got away with. This is why we’re surprised too. Arizona law enforcement officials claim that a hack did take place, but no info on what, specifically, the hackers took. We just want to float an idea by you guys, a theory … what if these hacks that the group did prior to this one acted as a trojan horse? What if it was simply a mechanism for the group to draw tons of attention to themselves, so they’d be able to pull off a release of something really serious like this, and everyone would pay attention? You know, Wikileaks without the newspapers working as catalysts? This is the kind of hack you wouldn’t be able to sell if you were just getting started — it’s too multidimensional in its conceit. It’s almost like the group used all these other, attention-grabbing hacks because they knew they had something big. Just a thought.
Officials called his arrest “very significant” and the rising spate of cyberattacks “deeply worrying.” As we pointed out yesterday, LulzSec said that Cleary wasn’t tied to the group. However, reports from The Guardian suggest that he at least had a tenuous tie — as the host of an IRC chatroom that the group reportedly uses — though he wasn’t directly involved with the group. “No way is he capable of pulling off what LulzSec are doing,” a source said. LulzSec denies involvement in the reported attack that led to Cleary’s arrest — a break into the British Census database. British information security officials say they haven’t received evidence from the Office for National Statistics that supports such an attack took place, however. source