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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    Ink Spot (profile), 29 Jul 2011 @ 7:10am

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

    The tool sets available to the police are rudimentary and readily available. The data sets they maintain and have access to however grow stronger, broader and deeper.

    The tool sets you're speculating about are in the hands of those bound by non-disclosure where mere confirmation of their existence can and does result in removal from society.

    The police can not be trusted with such informations, they are, after all, just police and it is these same police that would be the first to start changing sides when any realisation sets in that they are, in fact, directly supporting the bad guys.

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