LulzSec Arrest: Did Scotland Yard Get Tricked?

Reports suggests the real Topiary is still at large
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2011 6:08 PM CDT
LulzSec and Anonymous magnets.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Scotland Yard says it has arrested a key member of LulzSec named Topiary, but new reports suggest that the hacker group tricked authorities into arresting an innocent man. According to this theory, Topiary assumed the guy's online identity a while back in a bid to throw off police, reports BGR. The site picks up on a report in Daily Tech that purports to have chat logs from the real Topiary explaining the ruse.

Another site, LulzSec Exposed, agrees. "We believe MET Police got the wrong guy and it happens because of lot of disinformation floating on the web," says a post. "LulzSec and Anonymous members are Master trolls and they are good at this." The site says the real Topiary is a 23-year-old Swede named Daniel Sandberg, not the 19-year-old under arrest in London. Confused? MSNBC asks renowned computer safety expert Graham Cluley of Sophos whether he thought Scotland Yard got the right guy. "My simple answer is I don't know."

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