19-Year-Old Boy Arrested in Connection to LulzSec

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Ryan Clearly, a suspected mastermind behind LulzSec, the hacker organization believed to be responsible for online attacks against Sony, the U.S. Senate, the CIA, and the U.K.'s Serious Organized Crime Agency, was arrested near London on Tuesday. He is, of course, a 19-year-old boy. His computers will be closely examined for activities related to LulzSec, which is sure to be humiliating for him. LulzSec, however, claims the boy is only loosely related to the organization. From the LulzSec account, someone tweeted:

"We're all still here. Which poor bastard did they take down? Clearly the UK police are so desperate to catch us that they've gone and arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated with us. Lame."

However, in a release addressed to the "FBI & other clowns," the organization then posted the personal information of the two people they believe "snitched" on them, along with a manifesto of sorts about their motives. It reads:


"Yes, yes, there's always the argument that releasing everything in full is just evil, what with accounts being stolen and abused, but welcome to 2011. This is the lulz era, where we do things just because we find it entertaining."

Computer nerds: Hedonists, all.

After U.K. Arrest, Hacker Group LulzSec Responds With Bravado [TwoWay/NPR]
19-year-old arrested over Sony hack, London police say [CNN]