Ryan Cleary, 19, has been charged with five offenses under the Computer Misuse Act, police said.
One of the charges relates to bringing down the website of Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency _ the U.K.’s FBI equivalent _ using a flood of traffic, in what is known as a “distributed denial of service” attack.
The group said that while it had used Cleary’s servers, he was “at best, mildly associated with” Lulz.
Although little is known about Lulz, hacker collectives are typically loose networks with diffuse supporters in more than one location, so an arrest could do little to bring down an organization and even encourage supporters to carry on a group’s cause.
The charges against Cleary date to events as far back as Oct. 29 _ when the teenager is accused of attacking the website of the British Phonographic Industry. An attack on the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry followed just one month later, police said.
The timing of those two attacks appears linked to a hacking operation dubbed “Operation Payback,” led by a group of hackers known as Anonymous, which targeted music sites worldwide.
Lulz and Anonymous recently teamed up, calling for a united hacker effort to attack any government or agency that “crosses their path.”
In what was called “retaliation” for leaking IP’s of Anonymous members online, someone with apparent links to the group posted Cleary’s personal details on various websites _ including his address, phone numbers, chat screen names and email addresses.
Those details were reposted in multiple places following news of Cleary’s arrest and suggestions the teen was tied to Lulz.View Entire Story
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