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Today (27 July) officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's (MPS) Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) arrested an 18-year-old man [C] in a pre-planned intelligence-led operation.
He is believed to be linked to a continuing international investigation into the criminal activity of the so-called "hacktivist" groups Anonymous and LulzSec, and allegedly uses the online nickname "Topiary" which is presented as the spokesperson for the groups.
He was arrested under the Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act and Section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 at a residential address in the Shetland Islands and is currently being transported to a police station in central London. A search is underway at the address.
A residential address in Lincolnshire is also being searched. A 17-year-old male [D] is being interviewed under caution at a Lincolnshire police station in connection with the inquiry. He has not been arrested.
Today's operation is linked to PCeU's 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.
It was carried out with the assistance of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA) and Lincolnshire Constabulary.
+ There have been two earlier arrests during the inquiry - a 19 year old man [A] has been charged and is remanded to appear at Crown Court in late August; a 16-year-old boy [B] is bailed to return in late August
pending further inquiries.
Today (27 July)
Originally posted by PsykoOps
Since when has it been a crime to be a spokesperson for a criminal organization? If he doesn't commit crimes he shouldn't be arrested? I'm confuzled
Originally posted by yeti101
1. the guy speaking in interviews is not topiary and is some other scottish dude
2. the guy speaking in interviews is swedish topiary putting on a scottish accent.
3. Topiary is in fact scottish and is the person in those audio interviews. The police have arrested the right guy & web ninjas are wrong
can't wait to see what happens next
Originally posted by yeti101
reply to post by Hilltaker
Hi hilltaker here's the link for webninjas page on topiary
A flurry of speculative press accounts since the arrest insisted that Scotland Yard got the wrong man, citing an alleged chat where Topiary said he had adopted the nickname from someone else and that he hoped his enemies would go after the other person, who might be in Ireland or Scotland, home to the Shetlands. Various foes of Lulz and Anonymous believed the important Topiary to be a 23-year-old Swede.
But the Scotland Yard spokesman expressed no doubts. Detectives “are not looking for anyone else in relation to the identity `Topiary’”, he told me.