Essex teenager arrested in hacking probe

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Teenager suspected of being connected with LulzSec hacks

A 19 year old from Wickford, Essex, has been arrested in an investigation into recent hack attacks.

The Metropolitan police has arrested the unidentified teenager following a raid, which resulted from an operation that Scotland Yard has claimed was "pre-planned and intelligence-led". The young man was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act and is being held at a police station in central London for further questioning. A Scotland Yard spokesperson has said: "Searches at a residential address in Wickford, Essex, following the arrest last night, have led to the examination of a significant amount of material. These forensic examinations remain ongoing."

Scotland Yard has been working with the FBI in a probe to discover the perpetrators behind recent network intrusions of major international businesses and intelligence agencies. The attacks are believed to be led by the same group, Lulz Security (LulzSec), a splinter group of Anonymous - the hacking body involved in the WikiLeaks fallout. Scotland Yard would not say if the raid on the teenagers house was connected to LulzSec, but it comes days after Lulz Security attacked websites in both Britain and the United States.

LulzSec's deterioration

Lulz Security first appeared in May 2011 and appeared to be an organisation focused on creating online fun and laughs. However, it then began to target US broadcasters, including Fox and PBS, and took credit for an attack on the US X Factor website. Through the @LulzSec Twitter page it revealed its intentions to break into government websites, and subsequently the CIA and Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency fell victim to e-crimes.

LulzSec is also suspected of being the mastermind behind the recent Sony Playstation network intrusions. If guilty of the accusations, LulzSec will have been responsible for two types of attacks. One involves hacking into websites and the other blocks a website from being used, called a denial of service attack.