British police arrested a 19-year-old man last night in the London exurb of Wickford, Esex on charges he was responsible for illegal network penetrations and DDOS attacks on a series of sites police spokespeople refused to name.
A Scotland Yard spokesman told British news sources the arrest was connected with the DDOS attack Monday on the web site of England's FBI-analogue, the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) – an attack for which LulzSec claimed responsibility on the LulzBoat Twitter feed.
The same spokesman said DDOS attacks on SOCA stopped after the arrest.
There has been no update on the LulzBoat twitter feed mentioning the arrest, and no updates at all since midnight Monday. A delayed update mentioning the arrest made it clear not all of LulzSec is behind bars, though who the prisoner is and whether he's the leader (or even member) of LulzSec is much less clear.
"Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now... wait... we're all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?" -- LulzBoat 9:28 ET
Over the weekend LulzSec and the hactivist group Anonymous declared themselves allies in a new series of attacks called AntiSec that was a plan for Anonymous and LulzSec to step up the pace of their own attacks, and encourage unaffiliated hackers to attack any government site they could.
"We fully endorse the flaunting of the word "AntiSec" on any government website defacement or physical graffiti art. We encourage you to spread the word of AntiSec far and wide, for it will be remembered. To increase efforts, we are now teaming up with the Anonymous collective and all affiliated battleships," LulzSec wrote in its announcement of Operation AntiSec.
No word yet on how strong the connection is between the unnamed 19-year-old and LulzSec.
Continued silence on the LulzBoat will be a strong indication not only that the Law got its leet dude, but that LulzSec may have been just one guy, rather than the small group it represented itself to be.
I guess hacking the U.S. Senate, CIA, FBI, British cybercrime units might have been a little too much provocation after all.