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Another member of LulzSec has fallen to police efforts. Only two members (Avunit and Sabu) remain at large.  (Source: FBI)
Federal authorities appear to slowly be catching some of those involved in recent attacks

LulzSec has fallen silent, with nary a Twitter post in two months.  The pace of its successor AntiSec's efforts has slowed.  And top LulzSec chief Topiary -- who turned out to be a teenager native of the UK's Shetland Islands -- awaits trial, after being caught by authorities who traced an account he used to play Xbox games online.  

Now more arrests are pouring in.  A 23-year-old Phoenix, Arizona native, Cody Andrew Kretsinger, has been arrested ("recursion").  You may recall that recursion showed up at numerous times in LulzSec's chat logs during the attacks 
[1][2][3on Sony Corp. (TYO:6758), but quit the group in June [source] as it stepped up attacks on the U.S. government.  Recursion reportedly was a relatively novice hacker relying heavily on SQL injection, a technique frowned upon by more sophisticated hackers.

Police in the UK last month also 
arrested 5 men ages 16 to 26 who allegedly together managed LulzSec chief Kayla's online identity.  Kayla claimed to be "a 16 year-old girl."  LulzSec/Anonymous chief Sabu confirms that Kayla has been arrested, though he/she has not verified that the UK authorities theory of multiple users' involvement is true.

According to Sabu, he and one other LulzSec member are the only ones walking free.  Topiary, KaylaRecursionTflowPwnsauce, and Palladium have all been arrested.  The other remaining free member appears to be Avunit, who was not a founding member, but participated in many of the group's key attacks.

Of course LulzSec was only a particularly bold subclan of the greater hacking collective Anonymous, who lives on via its thousands of members.  But active attackers within Anonymous have been hit with recent arrests as well.  Christopher Doyon, 47, of Mountain View, California, and Joshua Covelli, 26, of Fairborn, Ohio, allegedly members of Anonymous subclan People's Liberation Front
were arrested this week for allegedly orchestrating a distributed denial of service attack on the county of Santa Cruz, California back in 2010.

Anonymous isn't willing to go down without a fight, though.  Despite the recent arrests, members like Sabu remain defiant.  They have planned a "Day of Vengeance" on various parties in New York City in response to crackdowns on Wall Street protesters.  In 
a note for the group-without-a-leader writes, "... Anonymous and other cyber liberation groups will launch a series of cyber attacks against various targets including Wall Street, Corrupt Banking Institutions - and the NYC Police Department."

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RE: Inevitable
By Xcpus on 9/23/2011 7:59:40 PM , Rating: 0
You're assuming that this is over...

This is only just beginning. The people will have the last laugh while the US Empire and any other Empire seeking to take its place will be left in ruins.

Like the fall of Rome... oh what a glorious fall it will be and quite deserved tbh. But of course some people's nationalism (not patriotism) will lead them to vote down this comment.

To those people I ask... if there was doubt of Troy Davis' guilt then he is not guilty... it is only logical. Georgia murdered an innocent man. Also worth pointing out that although Retribution is a part of justice it is in no way the whole of what Justice is. Many innocent people are murdered by the American State.

That young man, Kelly Thomas, who was beaten and tazered to death while he apologized out loud and called out for his father to protect him. Horrid scene but happens daily in, what is increasingly becoming, a US police state.

Right now they're talking about more bailouts for banks and the Federal Reserve is targetting its sights on Europe for Quantitative Easing (more bailouts of French Banks as they hold Greek debt and JP Morgan holds the French Debt).

If Germany refuses to bailout Greece then the USA will likely step in and bailout the French banks in order to bailout Greece in an effort to keep JP Morgan solvent as the debt that JP Morgan holds in those French Banks is more than their market cap and assets combined.

Then there are the wars and US drone attacks. US drone attacks have so far killed a handful of suspected "terrorists" while slaughtering hundreds of innocent men, women and children. The war in Iraq has an official body count of over 100K (over 1 million between Iraq and Afghanistan since these conflicts began). These wars are costing the American tax payers a fortune and creating animosity and hatred towards the "west" as a whole world wide.

Sony has been suing old grannies and young children ruining their financial lives and forcing them to have to accept settlements for illegally downloaded material many of which was not downloaded by the users themselves.

And lets not get into the Diplomatic cables and other issues going on.

And lulzsec/anonymous are the bad guys? Yeah... I think you need your head examined.

RE: Inevitable
By ekv on 9/24/2011 2:38:10 AM , Rating: 2
You're assuming that this is over...
It is over, for the guys that got caught. And soon enough for their friends.

The wheels of justice grind slowly but they grind finely. Once the damn lawyers get involved the enterprise is sunk. [Just look how well Obama is doing].
And lulzsec/anonymous are the bad guys?
Yeah. And you even agree.
Yeah... I think you need your head examined.
Seriously, what did you hope to accomplish with your rant? Disappointed with the world? Not all roses is it. Where is your hope placed?

RE: Inevitable
By inperfectdarkness on 9/24/2011 3:53:45 AM , Rating: 2
and yet, we're a paradise compared to iran, china, yemen, etc, etc, etc....

RE: Inevitable
By inperfectdarkness on 9/24/2011 4:19:41 AM , Rating: 5
-the downfall of the USA will be as a direct result of a departure from the principles on which it was founded.

-for every failure of the US justice system, i can point out a homosexual who was executed in iran, or a political prisoner whose organs were harvested--live--in china. it's easy to point fingers when the target of your venom won't issue a fatwah on your head because you spoke up.

-financial insolvency and irresponsibility is systemic; hardly isolated to just the USA. of course, our largest external creditor has an average living condition that makes our hobo's look like feudal lords.

-i was unaware you had unrestricted access to all classified info regarding the results of drone strikes. i'll invite you to provide 1 shred of evidence supporting your ludicrous claims that we supposedly kill more innocents than we kill terrorists. and you'll also need to support your "1 million dead" comment.

furthermore, your "clever" method of writing skews the reader to think that the US is directly responsible for the total number of deaths that have occured. truth is, the VAST majority of deaths suffered in the iraq/afghanistan since 2001 are due to ethnic clashes, infighting, and terrorism. in fact, the trend over the last 2 years has been that many of these terrorist bombs that have gone off have exponential more casualties within the indigenous population--than within the coalition forces.

-sony is based in japan. seriously, if you were going to take a pot shot at US business that are going to bring the apocalypse, you could have at least picked apple. jeez.

RE: Inevitable
By Ammohunt on 9/24/2011 10:59:17 AM , Rating: 2
Spoken like a true spoiled brat of the west go live in a third world shithole for a year then see if you still believe what you are saying.

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