Published July 19, 2011
Officers from the Metropolitan Police's E-Crime Unit in London arrested a 16-year-old boy in South London Tuesday afternoon, the latest arrest in an international sting operation targeting the notorious hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told FoxNews.com that one of the hackers remains in custody in a Central London police station on suspicion of breaching the Computer Misuse Act -- and that the teen was believed to be linked to the LulzSec hacker group and the larger group of "hacktivists" that go by the collective handle "Anonymous."
U.S. law enforcement officials confirmed to FoxNews.com that the arrest of the juvenile hacker, who goes by the online user name Tflow, was the latest in a sweeping sting of arrests Tuesday, in which 16 suspected hackers were arrested in states across the country, as FoxNews.com first reported.
The arrests began early Tuesday morning with a series of raids in New York, FoxNews.com reported. The arrests and the 30 to 40 search warrants issued by the feds Tuesday are part of an ongoing investigation into hackers believed to have been involved in carrying out nationwide coordinated distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on multiple high-profile, billion-dollar companies.
Computer equipment was taken from the address for further investigation, the Met Police spokesman said.
The Dutch National Police Agency arrested four individuals today for alleged related cybercrimes, according to a Department of Justice indictment.
Further details about the arrests were not immediately available.