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June 21, 2011

Teenager Arrested for Hacking Sony, CIA Website

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

Yahoo News reports that London police arrested a teenager on suspicion of involvement with cyber attacks on Sony Corp.’s customer database and the CIA website. A joint operation conducted by London Metropolitan Police’s Internet crimes unit and the FBI led to the arrest. According to Yahoo News, the FBI declined to comment.

However, as per this report, the British police would not say if the suspect was tied to the Lulz Security hacking collective, which has claimed responsibility for recent high-profile attacks. But, the police confirmed that a computer seized in the operation will be examined for Sony data. Meanwhile, the police have declined to identify the suspect because he has not been charged with a crime, wrote Yahoo! News.

As per the description in the report, Lulz had bragged of successfully hacking Sony, as well as subsequent attacks on the CIA websites and the U.S. Senate computer system. These hackers have recently waged a war on governments that control the Internet.

According to the police, the teenager was arrested 35 miles (55 kilometers) northeast of London, in the town of Wickford late Monday on suspicion of hacking and fraud offenses, wrote Yahoo News. The arrested hacker was then taken to a central London police station for questioning.

The arrest was the result of an investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial-of-service attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by the same hacking group, as per the report. Now, the officers are conducting forensic examinations on a significant amount of material found in the search of a home following the arrest, wrote Yahoo News.

Meanwhile, as per Yahoo! News report, Lulz has taken credit for hacking into Sony Corp.database where more than 100 million user accounts were compromised, as well as  defacing the PBS website after it aired a documentary on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The hackers also claim responsibility for attacking CIA website and the U.S. Senate computer system.

Also, Lulz claims to have recently breached the security of more than 1,000 accounts of an FBI partner organization and brought down the website of Britain's FBI equivalent, the Serious Organized Crime Agency, wrote Yahoo! News.


Ashok Bindra is a veteran writer and editor with more than 25 years of editorial experience covering RF/wireless technologies, semiconductors and power electronics. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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