Resist the urge to lol. I know it may be hard, but try to resist. That is what everyone was likely doing when the U.K. announced that they had arrested someone with possible connections to Lulzsec, the hacker group responsible for attacks on Sony and other services. This group has also targeted government websites and social sites, while simultaneously releasing bundles of account names and password. All for the sake of “lulz“, which they do not hide but updating the world of their disregard for human respect via their Twitter page. For all the “lulz” that are at the public’s expense, it’s good to have some at theirs.
The 19 year old man arrested was identified as Ryan Cleary, a resident of Essex, who was apparently picked up for questioning for being involved in a pre-planned attack on businesses. He was suspected of being part of or affiliated with Lulzsec, although the hacker group failed to recognize him as one of their own. “Ryan Cleary is not part of LulzSec; we house one of our many legitimate chatrooms on his IRC server, but that’s it,” LulzSec tweeted recently. “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.” Clearly they are related somehow, Getting anyone related with these hackers is a good thing, even if they are just related in a minor way.
This is not the first time Cleary has been brought up. In May, hacker group Anonymous referred to him as “a fellow helper“. In the same blog post, they accused him of compromising their network. Later, they published his IP address and contact information. Apparently he had released IP addresses for visitors of the site, as well as taken control of the network. While it is not certain that he is involved with Lulzsec directly, we’ll take sort of involved over nothing.
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