Yesterday afternoon it was announced that a teenager in the UK was arrested in a joint operation between the FBI and Scotland Yard.
Apparently, according to leaks, he was suspected to be a high up leader in the newly infamous hacking group, LulzSec.
Annoying teenager from a first world country is pretty much who we all expected to be behind LulzSec so while I was happy to hear another one had been caught I wasn’t overly interested in the story.
That is until LulzSec posted an update on their twitter account that went a bit like this
Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it’s all over now… wait… we’re all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?
So who is Ryan Cleary (the arrested man) and does he have anything to do with LulzSec or the original PlayStation hack or is he really just being used as a fall guy?
Sky news is now reporting that Ryan has some mental health issues, apart from being a teenager that is.
Now I personally don’t see a 19 year old being used as a fall guy for something like this and I seriously doubt the FBI and Scotland Yard would make such a public arrest without having something pretty solid against the guy so hopefully they’ve got the right guy and the rest of LulzSec are just posturing to try and defend themselves and Ryan.
But LulzSec haven’t stopped tweeting yet and apparently are now admitting that Ryan is part of their group but only a small part and all that he has done wrong is host their IRC chats
Ryan Cleary is not part of LulzSec; we house one of our many legitimate chatrooms on his IRC server, but that’s it.
We use Ryan’s server, we also use Efnet, 2600, Rizon and AnonOps IRC servers. That doesn’t mean they’re all part of our group.
and ended with
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.
In slightly related news, I have to admit these guys know how to punish snitches inside their group. They just posted the following to a public website and notified the FBI but while I like the idea of hackers being brought down this sort of post feels a bit like a mafia.
Hi FBI & other law enforcement clowns,
LulzSec here with some juicy gossip.
This is Marshal Webb, also known as "[redacted]" in the "#pure-elite" IRC logs you no doubt have enjoyed. He was involved in the hacking of the game "Dues Ex" and was/is involved in countless other cybercrimes.
Also, he tried to snitch on us. Therefore we just did your job for you with great ease.
This moron is trying to flee the country in order to avoid serious punishment. Hunt him down:
SNITCH: m_nerva aka cimx aka rq42
AIM: mudkipznlulz / minervasx
Last known IP: cpe-174-101-240-242.cinci.res.rr.com (18.104.22.168)
Location: MARSH #336
1204 W Main St
Hamilton, Ohio 45013
Name: Marshal Webb
This is also the name of one of his associates, Michael, or "Hann". He’s also wanted for some pretty heavy stuff:
Last Updated: June 22, 2011