The Metropolitan Police arrested a 19-year-old in the Shetland Islands today, believed to be the spokesperson for hacking group Lulz Security.
"The man arrested is believed to be linked to an ongoing international investigation in to the criminal activity of the so-called "hacktivist" groups Anonymous and LulzSec, and uses the online nickname ‘Topiary’ which is presented as the spokesperson for the groups," the police said in a statement.
Topiary is alleged to have been in charge of the LulzSec twitter handle, which gathered almost 350,000 followers in just a few months. The police statement said that the suspect was currently being transported back to central London and that his Shetland Island address was being searched.
"Today’s operation is linked to PCeU’s [Police Central e-Crime Unit] ongoing investigation into network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group," the statement said.
In the same operation, the police also searched a residential address in Lincolnshire. A 17-year-old was interviewed under caution in connection with the operation, but not arrested.