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UK police make arrest in LulzSec hacking attacks

Suspected LulzSec leader arrested in London

(CBS/ZDNET/AP) - A 19-year-old man suspected of hacking attacks on international businesses and intelligence agencies has been arrested, British police said Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Police said the teenager is in custody on suspicion of hacking and fraud offenses following a joint operation by its Internet crimes unit and the FBI.

According to ZDNet, police would not say whether the man is believed to be linked to either the Anonymous or Lulz Security hacking collectives, which have claimed responsibility for a string of high-profile attacks on targets such as the PlayStation Network, the CIA web page and the U.S. Senate computer system.

Most recently, Lulz Security said it had hacked into Britain's census data, obtaining the records of "every single citizen." Census officials said they were investigating the claim.

The group has taken to taunting victims of its attacks on Twitter using the handle "LulzSec."

The teenager was arrested late Monday in the commuter town of Wickford, about 35 miles northeast of London, and taken to a central London police station for questioning, police said.

Officers are conducting forensic examinations on "a significant amount of material" found in the search of a home following the arrest.

For complete coverage, go to ZDNet

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