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UK police have arrested a teenager suspected of being a central figure in the infamous LulzSec hacking crew. The unnamed 19 year-old allegedly had been acting as a spokesman of both LulzSec and Anonymous, using the online handle Topiary. He was arrested at a residential address in the Shetland Islands earlier today and …

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Let me guess....

They'll chuck a few terrorism charges on him then lock him up for not disclosing his password?

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Happy

RE: Let me guess....

LOL! I can almost hear the frantic bargaining going on as he sells out his former buddies. All for the lulz!

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possibly

I'd guess that those buddies have been a bit more careful with their proxy use - which is probably why they haven't been picked up at this time.

Of course, it all depends on whether or not they've been so careful about casual chat amongst themselves; I guess we'll find out soon.

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Psychological disorder

and which psychological disorder his mum will come up with this time? At the start of the dictionary we have:

Acute stress disorder

Adjustment disorder

Adolescent antisocial behavior

Adult antisocial behavior

Adverse effects of medication-not otherwise specified

Age-related cognitive decline

Alcohol-related disorder

Alzheimer's

Amnestic disorder

Amphetamine (or amphetamine-like)-related disorder

Anorexia nervosa

Antisocial personality disorder

Anxiety disorder

Anxiolytic-related disorder

Asperger syndrome

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Atypical autism

Autistic disorder

Autophagia

Avoidant personality disorder

....... or are we going to go with 'fear of Greek markets' again ?

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He might not sell out yet

He might be hedging his bets.

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Meh

I am a TECHNO-ANARCHIST

I plot the downfall of governments through my computer, because I am a TECHNO-ANARCHIST. I have online conversations with my friends, where we communicate exclusively in leet speak because we are all TECHNO-ANARCHISTS. Governments and corporations tremble at our feet because of all the online horrors we may inflict upon them, using our TECHNO-ANARCHIST tools.

And if I am caught by the government, I shall get me an Ass Burgers diagnosis, sell out all my friends, then hide behind mummy's apron strings until the bad men have gone away, for I am a TECHNO-ANARCHIST.

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Re: Psychological disorder

"....... or are we going to go with 'fear of Greek markets' again ?"

There is a relatively recent development from Japan. A disorder in which offspring not only stay at home, but remain locked in their rooms. Parental contact is almost completely reduced to mealtimes, when food is shoved through the door. This kind of silly crap will fog up the new DSM unless good leadership is exercised.

Here are some other specimens that I dug up when looking for a link to give you on the above. First of all we have 'school refusal syndrome':

http://www.usjp.org/jpeducation_en/jpEdProblems_en.html

Then we have, shock horror, 'Paris Syndrome':

http://forums.liveleak.com/showthread.php?t=81306

Paris, for obvious reasons.

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A travesty

As a parent I am appalled that a vulnerable individual should be dragged all that way just because a few organisations can't run their web sites properly.

Knowing something about web sites I'll bet they were running really insecure open systems not proper Windows web sites. Probably just trying to save money as well.

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Re: A travesty

"As a parent I am appalled that a vulnerable individual should be dragged all that way just because a few organisations can't run their web sites properly."

Although not a parent I agree. In fact I think we should prosecute the site owners, the police, the internet police and society should also be in the dock, especially rubber neckers like us.

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Re

Let's continue to arrest kids for port scanning web sites while most physical violence and bullying in high school continues unabated.

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or maybe

they got the wrong bloke (yeah i know that is common knowledge by the time i write this")

and the plod fucked it up again.

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Letters or digits

Sorry, Off topic but I have to ask.. "Windows Web Sites"?

Please enlighten.

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Yoink!

Gotacha bitach!

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What does pre-planned mean?

Is it similar to an advance warning?

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Happy

RE: What does pre-planned mean?

It probably means they have been watching him for a while, collecting evidence and listening as he no doubt bragged about how he was never going to get caught by "them dumb coppers".

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It means

They had a plan to plan a plan to capture a planner.

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Crime is crime

You can't commit a crime to fight a crime.

These guys forget that governments wage war on each other over the internet. Once they get out of the pond and into the ocean, they are shark bait.

And when he is in prison, I'm sure all the other prisoners will be nice to him because they are all innocent and oppressed and they will realize that he was 'helping them'.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/thumb_up_32.png

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For the Lulz

Heh. Makes me wonder how well the defense "I was just doing it for the lulz." will go over once he is hauled before the beak...

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his defence

His defence will be "I have aspergers"

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lol

as no doubt would be the jacals!

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Shetland?

What? There are computers on Shetland?!

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Exactly my thoughts!

I wonder what his bandwidth is like, too ... explains why he's gone blackhat - sheer frustration from slow intarwebs!

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title

computers on the shetlands are believable, powered by the ole trusty diesel generator.

I'm even more astonished that the intertubes stretched that far.

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Angel

Some houses on Shetland have a postcode all to themselves

He's going to be out of luck if he tries claiming it was his neighbour using his connection/

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About time...

String 'em up... Lulzsec gives real skilled hackers a bad name. One down, more to go....

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I'm betting lulzsec disown him

Like they did last time. We'll never know if its the real one or the cops have fitted him up with the name.

That's one less pain in the arse hacker out there.

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Trollface

Re: If he actually is Topiary

"My last comment in this thread was deleted by a mod and the only reason I can see is I said something specific about what he's meant to have done in LulzSec "

Nah, the moderators would NEVER delete comments that refer back to verifiable evidence in public ownership. They just don't do stuff like that, any more than commentards voted down truths they dislike!

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So how's that anonymous thing going then...

Not too well it seems...

All this because Microsoft told you that Sony was bad for taking away OtherOS...

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Extraordinary!

Rendition awaits them both.

Uncle Sam never forgets.

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20 years from now

20 years from now when they are married and have a family and are looking at buying a home. Someone will show up on their door step and serve them with papers letting them know they they are being sued for every dime.

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I hope they have more evidence than..

"Suspect was seen talking to Guardian reporter"

The Graun ran an article a few weeks back on 'Topiary' in which he claimed he was now taking a back seat for a while, making artwork and other promotional content for teh lulz. Apparently he hadn't been active in their hacking campaigns for some time citing fear of the risk involved. Someone who had become this concerned surely wouldn't have left any traces of their activities ??

I doubt they can take him down for being a spokesperson or making artwork.

Heck, even the IRA guys couldn't be arrested for their propaganda machine.

I might get some shirts printed up with "free topiary!" on, bound to get some looks XD

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wrong...

Mega corporations are responsible for alot of good and alot of bad things that happen.

What happens when you piss off a company that you claim has its own private army?

I guess secretly you hope that they don't have an army? Or maybe you hope that they are a law abiding company?

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A criminal mastermind...

.. or simply a young troll, who enjoys posturing and drama.

I expect the plods will be rubbing their hands together, thinking they've caught some big fish. When, in fact it's more likely: he's he kind of person who trolls YouTube comments, saying 'THIS IS FAKE AND GAY!!!' and 'herp derp derp, dasu dasu'

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What happened to all those News International emails they apparently have? I'm calling BS on that. It's a hoax/troll.

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Is there a single person in Anonymous or LulzSec that has any 'hacking' expertise, or is it simply a bunch of clowns and trolls who are media attention-whores.

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Re: bunch of clowns and trolls

The HBGary op was most entertaining. Have a read: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/how-one-security-firm-tracked-anonymousand-paid-a-heavy-price.ars

The guys being rounded up by the police aren't even script kiddies. They seem to be idiots who downloaded LOIC, and that's all. They barely qualify for 'low hanging fruit' status. I guess these arrests will serve as a valuable lesson to all the other wannabes, who I suspect will pay more attention in TOR class next time.

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Oooof... Bad luck possibly?

Could he have been unmasked by statistical analysis of the packets over the link to the Shetlands? It would be an unfortunate consequence of living in a remote location if that was the case.

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TTAD

Time till Aspergers diagnosis ?

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Dammit...

You stole my gag/social commentary.

Anyway, not long, I wouldn't think.... I'd wager on it.

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Oops he screwed up again

Well maybe this lad is in for an education?

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Eh?

Arrested in Shetland, so he's transported to central London? What do the Scottish authorities have to say about that?

Something fishy there!

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Interesting point...

Anyone who isn't IANAL but wants to explain that to us?

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Re:Eh?

If he isn't charged with anything do they then have to transport him back?

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rendition?

So has he been rendered to the Met in a foreign country?

Are the Met allowed to use torture?

Will they need a translator dahn sarf like they do for Trawlermen on the Beeb?

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Re: Interesting point...

"Anyone who isn't IANAL but wants to explain that to us?"

It doesn't take an Einstein or a lawyer to work out that the damage was not done in Scotland, UK.

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sonny Jim

"You'll soon be lolling on the other side of your face."

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Wrong person?

http://www.dailytech.com/Exclusive+British+Police+Duped+by+LulzSec+Into+Arresting+the+Wrong+Guy/article22280.htm

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RE: Wrong person?

Did you consider that a doctored chat log could be an attempt by the Anontputzs to shield one of their own by "giving up" one that was stupid enough to ego-parade as Anon to the media?

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Hmm...

dailytech says "British Police Duped by LulzSec Into Arresting the Wrong Guy"

http://www.dailytech.com/Exclusive+British+Police+Duped+by+LulzSec+Into+Arresting+the+Wrong+Guy/article22280.htm

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So are you saying...

...evidence was planted?

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