Alleged Top LulzSec Member Arrested by Scotland Yard

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Topiary Captured?  LulzBoat Scuttled by Scotland Yard

Topiary Captured? LulzBoat Scuttled by Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard took custody of a teenager in Shetland, U.K. last Wednesday in a swift operation in cooperation with the Shetland Metropolitan Police. The 18 year old man was arrested by police in the Shetland Islands, and flown to London for questioning in his purported role in the hacking spree by so-called internet “hacktivist” groups LulzSec and Anonymous. His home was also searched by Scotland Yard investigators, and substantial materials and computer hardware were taken into custody as evidence.

The 18-year-old man is alleged to be an online activist who calls himself Topiary and acted as a spokesman for the groups Anony­mous and LulzSec. They have b­een associated with cyber-attacks on major businesses and intelligence agencies, including Sony, PayPal, Rupert Murdoch’s News Inter­national and the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency. However, in this Techweb article, “Topiary” is identified by a rival hacktivist as being Sweden-based Daniel Ackerman Sandberg.  However, this is based on information derived from Pastebin, which anyone may edit.  The identity in Sweden may simply be a LulzSec effort at misdirection.

The team of specialist detectives flew in to Sumburgh Airport on a small chartered plane on Wednesday morning and left again after teatime with their suspect onboard.

The Shetland Metropolitan Police said the arrest was linked to an ongoing international investigation into the criminal activity of two so-called hacktivist groups.

A 17-year-old living in Lincolnshire, U.K. is also being inter­viewed and two other young men were arrested earlier during the ongoing inquiry.

On July 19, 14 suspected members of Anonymous were arrested in the United States during a nationwide sweep conducted by the FBI in coordination with local law enforcement. Five arrests were also made in Europe as part of ongoing investigations by the Metropolitan Police Service and the Dutch National Police Agency. The defendants arraigned in the U.S. are charged with various counts of conspiracy, carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. They also face various counts of causing intentional damage to a protected computer, with each count carrying a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“Topiary” is believed to be “second in command” in the LulzSec heirarchy. Whether the young man arrested in Shetland is Topiary or not, his computer(s) should contain important information leading to the apprehension of other LulzSec and/or Anonymous members.

One of the lesser members of LulzSec is (or was) Eekdacat. One of the founding members of the Patriotic Nigras in Second Life also went by the name “Eekdacat”, and actually operated as a furry on that multiplayer online environment. While all the while insisting that he was never a member of the Patriotic Nigras, he was none the less the creator of the infamous “Doomsday Gun” which was responsible for so many sim crashings in 2007 and early 2008. “Eekdacat” of LulzSec , unsurprisingly, also objects to being associated with LulzSec, but had not objected until after the members of LulzSec began to be apprehended by law enforcement agencies around the world.

LulzSec as a group claimed to have operated in the name of “hacktivism”, but apart from their attack on PayPal for blocking financial transactions in support of WikiLeaks, little of what they did appears to have been politically motivated.  Second Life’s so-called “hacktivist” Wrong Hands group shares this lack of focus, having been mass banned and losing their Red Square and Revolution regions as well as their last spokesperson, Tux Winkler in Linden Lab raids over the past two weeks.

The “Wrong Hands” group is just the latest in a string of griefer gangs in Second Life supported and actively endorsed by Mark P. McCahill, current editor of the Alphaville Herald and professor at Duke University, via a bizarre years-long campaign of disinformation and propaganda.  McCahill’s dislike of  peacekeeper groups operation in Second Life is well known, and for good reason: of the three griefer gangs he has publicly supported in the pages of the Herald, the Patriotic Nigras, Woodbury University and the Wrong Hangs, none have survived public scrutiny or the attention of these citizen-run peacekeeper groups.

Update – August 2, 2011

The teenage hacker arrested last week in the U.K. for his alleged involvement with Anonymous and LulzSec is reportedly an 18-year-old named Jake Davis.  Scotland Yard on Sunday revealed that the hacker known as “Topiary” is actually Davis, from the U.K.’s Shetland Islands, according to security firm Sophos and Daily Mail crime reporter Chris Greenwood.  Attempts by Anonymous to misdirect identification of Topiary as being a resident of Sweden have apparently failed.

Davis appeared in a London court on Monday morning, Greenwood tweeted.

Topiary will be tried under U.K. law on at least the following five charges:

  • Unauthorized access to a computer system, contrary to Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
  • Encouraging / assisting offences, contrary to S46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.
  • Conspiracy with others to carry out a Distributed Denial of Service Attack on the Web site of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977.
  • Conspiracy to commit offences of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990, contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977.
  • Conspiracy between the defendant and others to commit offences of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990 contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977.

Scotland Yard is purportedly discovering a gold mine of information in Davis’ computers, and investigating other Anonymous activity in the U.K., with more arrests planned.

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Update, September 23, 2011

Another suspected member of LulzSec has been arrested and indicted in Arizona, in the person of 23 year old Cody Kritzenger.  Kritzenger is suspected of conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer, according to a report filed by Reuters.


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  1. Encouraging news! It’s about time these criminals start to see some serious repercussions for their irresponsible actions. Hopefully it makes the rest sit up and consider moving on with their lives in a less destructive direction.

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  2. This was already said but apparently you didn’t take notice. Eekdacat was never in Lulzsec. He was in gn0sis, an entirely separate group.

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  3. Even his relationship to gn0sis is completely unproven, the only place that anyone ever even linked him to gn0sis was an anonymous pastebin, which is not exactly the most reliable source for information. Certainly not Lulzsec though.

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  4. gn0sis had thrown in it’s hat with Lulzsec prior to the Playstation Network attacks, this is established fact. So while members of gn0sis may not have directly flown the Lulzsec flag, they were clearly operating under that umbrella. As to the veracity of the paistebin file I agree by itself it’s not concrete proof but remember this. It was this paistebin that was leaked to the media by the group calling itself “The A team”. This information appears to be what lead to the capture and arrest of “Topiary” and others. It’s unreasonable to assume that alongside other, clearly true, information Eekdacats would have been ‘randomly’ included… there is no apparent reason for the original posters of this information to have done this.

    Some readers my be perplexed as to why, in an article about a RL arrest, we would include information on SL events. The connection here is the “hactivism” claim. Both groups claimed to be forwarding some political agenda while their actions showed otherwise. The majority of our readers are coming from the Second Life platform , so such a mention serves to bring the message “home” to them.

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  5. I tend to look at game based news sometimes, and the main thing I know about these people is that they demanded a top hat apparel item be put into Elder Scrolls 5 in return for the info being safe. I don’t know whether to be saddened or glad that the demand was not met.

    Then again, I’m not a PSN user.

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  6. Personally I applaud any company that does not give in to such obvious ‘protection’ scammery. Would the information really have been safe if this had been given into, I honestly doubt it.

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  7. Yeah, but last I recall they didn’t do too well protecting the PSN systems lately, they should really start to buckle down and get things tightened security-wise.

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  8. oh, fully agreed Gaara. Some lessons are costly to learn, I hope Sony has learned from this, I sincerely do.

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  9. Yeah, well, I guess we can hope. Personally I agree that Sony goes completely the wrong way in terms of protecting content. I mean, adding rootkits in order to enforce DRM that completely hampers Free Use in addition to actual copyright infringement is a little over the top. The company seems inhumanely paranoid and controlling and yet absolutely incompetent in terms of actually implementing their security.

    But while I will likely never intentionally buy another Sony product as long as I live, I would never try to illegally hack into their networks or anything. There’s a definite line dictated by decency and common sense (not to mention law).

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