LulzSec Denies UK Census Theft – Hacker Arrested
There seems to be plenty much hype, rumour and Chinese Whispers going around the interwebs that high profile hackers, LulzSec has stolen UK census data. They seem to be denying it but an arrest has already been made.
The Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit have apparently nabbed a 19-year-old hacker in Wickford, Essex who is now banged up in London and facing charges of computer misuse and fraud.
Police announced that the arrest “follows an 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.”
This is where some journalists have pounced on LulzSec.
LulzSec quickly tweeted “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?” – keen to distance themselves from the handcuffed hacker fairly sharpish.
LulzSec denies stealing UK census data and claims that a press release on Pastebin was not in fact issued by the group:
“Just saw the pastebin of the UK census hack. That wasn’t us – don’t believe fake LulzSec releases unless we put out a tweet first.”
Granted, LulzSec have kinda brought this on themselves with their recent exploits including the recent denial of service attack on the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and attacks on the CIA and FBI.
They’ve also attacked Sony, Nintendo and assorted games companies as well as joining forces with Anonymous to continue hacking and leaking under the banner of AntiSec, or Anti-Security.
Now, showing huge corporations and governments that their systems aren’t as secure as they thought is one thing – but stealing census data which not only lists your name and address but your employment details, religion, and other very personal stuff is not on!
The Census Office and the Office of National Statistics are investigating the claims, and are yet to confirm whether any data has actually been compromised.