A 19 year-old from Essex, England, believed to be the leader of the LulzSec hacking group, has been arrested today as part of a joint operation by the FBI and Scotland Yard.
The arrest comes just hours after LulzSec used their Twitter stream to threaten the release of “Anti-Security” data leaks, potentially including the entirety of the UK’s 2011 census data, in WikiLeaks-style torrent “payloads”.
“The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and distributed denial of service attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group,” said a Scotland Yard spokesman.
“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.”
LulzSec have previously claimed to have been behind hacking attacks on Sony’s entertainment sites, the NHS, Nintendo, Bethesda Softworks and various other gaming websites.