Potential Lulz: Security Experts Think UK Police Tricked Into Arresting The Wrong Person Over LulzSec Hacks

from the now-wouldn't-that-be-funny dept

Police in the UK recently reported that they had arrested a hacker who goes by the name Topiary, and often acts as the spokesperson for LulzSec. There's just one problem. A number of the people who follow LulzSec closely (and who have attempted to expose who they really are) note that much of the evidence they have suggests that Topiary is someone entirely different, and that the real Topiary purposely copied his "identity" from a "troll." They're suggesting that the police caught the "troll" instead of the real Topiary. At this point, who knows what's the actual situation, but it wouldn't surprise me if the folks involved in LulzSec were slightly better at covering their tracks (or using misdirection) than the police were at tracking them...

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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Jul 2011 @ 6:12am

    Re: "A group calling themselves the Web Ninjas..."

    "You people are gauging difficulty of tracking by tools available to you, and it leads to wrong conclusions. I'm going to bet that the technical resources available to the police for tapping the net and seeing where the "tunnels" lead are better than those that the "Web Ninjas" have."

    You don't know much about networks, do you? The tools the police has are the same you and I have. The only advantage they have is more information sources (they can ask the ISPs directly for collaboration), which us average people don't have.

    Perhaps you should learn how the Internet works. And play a little game called Uplink (yeah, it's not entirely realistic, but the idea of it is about on par with reality).

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