The update on LulzSec & Anonymous, more members arrested, 2 new members exposed
With the fights between rival hacking factions and members turning on each other from the inside, it looks like things will get pretty chaotic for the two notorious hacking groups, LulzSec and Anonymous.
It seems no hack is truly untraceable, several members have been arrested in the UK, Spain and Turkey and the most recent arrest just yesterday, Ryan Cleary, a suspected Anonymous member who split from the group after it became “too PR hungry.” The Metropolitan Police has not confirmed whether he is a member and that “investigations are being made to establish if he is linked to any such group.”
On top of the arrests, feud from within LulzSec has led two hackers exposed. The two hackers decided to turn on LulzSec and reveal who they were but has been exposed instead. In a Pastebin post, commonly used by LulzSec, explains that the two hackers tried to “snitch on them,” and to take revenge, they revealed their identities to the public boasting to the FBI and other “law enforcement clowns” that “we just did your job for you with great ease.”
The first alleged hacker named Marshal Webb residing in Hamilton, Ohio, was claimed to be “involved in the hacking of the game Deus Ex” along with “countless other cybercrimes”. The second hacker, Michael Dean Major, Halethorpe, Maryland, claims is “also wanted for some pretty heavy stuff.”
LulzSec finalized their statement with “these goons begged us for mercy, but there is no mercy on The Lulz Boat. Snitches get stiches.”
There is no confirmation whether these two members are in fact guilty of the crimes claimed by LulzSec, or a joke to mislead the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, but if true, this would certainly lead the FBI to a small victory over cyber crime. If the two members were arrested, there may even be a chance to shed some light on the rest of the LulzSec members’ true identities.
If there’s any lesson to be learned from all this, there are no honor among thieves and there are no honor among hackers.