UK teenager arrested in global hacking probe

LONDON,  (Reuters) – British police arrested a  19-year-old man in England on suspicions that he was linked to  cyber attacks on the CIA, Britain’s anti-organized crime agency  and Sony Corp.

As part of international efforts to catch the culprits  behind a string of high-profile hacks, London’s Metropolitan  Police, working with the U.S. FBI, said they arrested the  teenager in the town of Wickford, close to London.

The raid was linked to recent attacks on the websites of  the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the British police  Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), which targets organised  crime in Britain and overseas, police said.

The suspect’s computer was being examined for data linked  to Sony, whose websites have also been attacked.

The Lulz Security group of hackers has claimed  responsibility for these attacks, but police declined to say  whether the suspect was linked to that organization.

Lulz Security said on Twitter that the suspect was not a  group leader. It said he was “at best, mildly associated” with  the group and that Lulz Security used one of his servers to  host one of several chatrooms.

In addition to attacks on Sony, the CIA and SOCA, Lulz  Security has also claimed responsibility for targeting the U.S.  Public Broadcasting Service and Fox.com. Fox is a unit of News  Corp.

But no hackers have claimed responsibility so far for some  more serious recent security breaches including attacks on the  International Monetary Fund, Lockheed Martin Corp <LMT.N>,  Citigroup Inc <C.N>, Google Inc <GOOG.O> and Michaels Stores  [MCHST.UL].

Lulz Security has also not claimed responsibility for two  major attacks against Sony that captured personal data of more  than 100 million customers, including 77 million PlayStation  Network and Qriocity accounts.

Lulz Security often uses so-called denial-of-service  attacks to overwhelm websites with Internet traffic.

SOCA’s website, which is used purely for public  information, went down for a short time on Monday before being  brought back up. Hackers would not have had access to  confidential data or information about ongoing operations, a  SOCA spokesman said.

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