Ryan Clearly, a 19-year-old student from Essex, has been arrested after a joint probe from the Scotland Yard and FBI into LulzSec, a hacking group which attacked websites such as Sony, US government websites, PBS and several gaming websites and servers.
Ryan Clearly has been identified by detectives as a ‘major player,’ though LulzSec strongly deny this tweeting that the UK police were ‘desperate to catch’ members and that they had ‘arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated’ with LulzSec. It is believed that Rylan Clearly was involved in running IRC chat servers for LulzSec.
The personal details of Clearly were released by Anonymous, a decentralized mass-hacker collective, published details about Ryan Clearly on their blog on 12 May 2011 in a post called ‘ Ryan Cleary Exposed!’
LulzSec has also released details of two former members who they said ‘tried to snitch on us.’ The group published the IRC chat usernames and current names and addresses, LulzSec said that one was involved in ‘involved in the hacking of the game Dues Ex and was/is involved in countless other cybercrimes.’