Hacking ringleader arrested in Australia

Australian police have announced the arrest of a self-proclaimed 'leader' of one of the most notorious hacking groups worldwide

by The Commentator on 23 April 2013 23:23

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Australian Federal Police say they have arrested the self-proclaimed leader of international hacking group Lulz Security, or 'LulzSec'.

The 24-year-old man from Point Clare on the New South Wales central coast was charged with hacking offences yesterday.

The police say he claims to be in charge of LulzSec, which has previously claimed responsibility for high-profile hacking attacks, including one which took the CIA website offline.

The man is the first alleged member of the group to be charged.

The group's first recorded attack was against Fox.com's website and the group has been noted for other high profile data breaches and cyber attacks over the past few years including the releasing of ATM logs, hacking into PBS and breaching Britain's National Health Service online infrastructure.

Earlier this month, one 25-year-old hacker with the group was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay $605,663 (USD) in restitution for an attack on Sony Pictures computers that began in late May 2011.

Cody Andrew Kretsinger, who went by the online nickname “recursion,” was also sentenced to a year of home detention and 1,000 hours of community service.

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