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A 19-year-old suspected of helping mastermind an international computer hacking ring has been arrested in Essex, as Channel 4 News learns the mystery group may have targeted the 2011 UK Census.
The teenager was detained in Wickford following a joint operation by the FBI and Scotland Yard, sources said.
LulzSec, which has previously claimed attacks on computers at the CIA, Sony and the NHS, is now being linked to an alleged breach of 2011 UK Census data. The census database hold details of every UK citizen who filled out the survey earlier this year.
An online posting, claiming to be from the group, says "we have blissfully obtained records of every single citizen who gave up their records to the security-illiterate UK government for the 2011 census".
"Searches at a residential address in Wickford, Essex, following the arrest last night have led to the examination of a significant amount of material," the statement added. "These forensic examinations remain ongoing."
"We're keeping them under lock and key though... so don't worry about your privacy (...until we finish re-formatting them for release.)"
the group posted several messages about the site being targeted "in the name of #AntiSec" and said that "later we'll unleash fire on multiple targets".
The arrest raises speculation that the accused hacker is part of either Anonymous or LulzSec, both of which have targeted the UK Government, knocking the Serious Organised Crime Agency's site offline earlier this week.
'No evidence' that LulzSec has hacked UK Census
13:08 21 June 2011
Reports that the hacking group LulzSec have stolen millions of records from the UK 2011 Census are being investigated, the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) said this afternoon.
"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 places the highest priority on maintaining the security of personal data. At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that any such compromise has occurred."
Originally posted by VreemdeVlieendeVoorwep
reply to post by mr-lizard
Lulzsec, and anonymous, seem more and more like terrorists to me. They cannot justify stealing personal information as being for the "just cause". That is BS.
We have blissfully obtained records of every single citizen who gave their records to the security-illiterate UK government for the 2011 census
We don't like the US government very much. Their boats are
weak, their lulz are low, and their sites aren't very secure.
In an attempt to help them fix their issues, we've decided
to donate additional lulz in the form of owning them some more!
This is a small, just-for-kicks release of some internal data
from Senate.gov - is this an act of war, gentlemen? Problem?
- Lulz Security
Rik Ferguson, director of security research at Trend Micro, said: “No details are included in the statement regarding how the information was obtained, but the messages posted so far seem to indicate a leak rather than an intrusion or hack.
Originally posted by Acidtastic
there was a thread where someone did some research into lulz sec. but it's now 404'd (though the links to the threads will show up in thesearch bit) Can anyone elaborate on why this thread has been taken down? Was the info in the trhead not good, or is there another reason?. Sorry for the derail, but i was going to use the info in the thread on another forum, to show that there could possibly be some rather loose links to the CIA in lulz security......