Police in London on Tuesday arrested a 19-year-old boy suspected of masterminding the recent hacking of the websites of the U.S. Senate, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Sony, Nintendo and Fox News.
The teenager was arrested at his family’s home in Essex in a British police raid following a joint probe by the Scotland Yard and the FBI. Although the police did not name the detained suspect, British media identified him as Ryan Cleary.
“The arrest follows an investigation into network intrusions and Distributed Denial of Service attacks against a number of international business and intelligence agencies by what is believed to be the same hacking group,” police said in a statement.
“The teenager was arrested on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act, and Fraud Act offenses and was taken to a central London police station, where he currently remains in custody for questioning,” the statement added.
The teenager’s arrest came hours after the UK’s serious crime unit came under an online hack attack from a group of computer hackers calling themselves Lulz Security. Police suspect Ryan to be an active member, if not the leader, of the group.
But the group said on Twitter shortly after British police announced Ryan’s arrest that he was not one of its active members. Lulz Security had earlier claimed responsibility for hacking into the websites of the U.S. Senate, Sony, Nintendo and Fox News, in a statement posted on its Twitter feed.