A leading member of the hacker collective Lulzsec — who goes by the handle Tflow — was arrested today in South London, foreboding what might be a very quick end to the group’s unexpected return from a self-imposed retirement. The arrest came on the heals of an announcement that 16 additional arrests in the U.S. represented a sizeable portion of another news-making hacker group, Anonymous.
LulzSec, short for Lulz Security, is self described as a “small team of lulzy individuals who feel the drabness of the cyber community is a burden on what matters: fun.”
After a few high-profile hacks against Sony, AT&T and the U.S. Navy the mysterious hacker collective announced their “retirement”, disappearing as abruptly as they entered the spotlight.
Monday, LulzSec boasted on Twitter that the hacker group had redirected the homepage of British newspaper The Sun to a false report of Rupert Murdoch’s death. Shortly thereafter they released contact information for a few employees at the paper and encouraged supporters to call.
Was Rupert Murdoch’s scandal just too good to miss? It must’ve been.