Irish teenager held in crackdown on hacking network

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A TEENAGER in Ireland is one of five people who have been arrested on suspicion of links to an international computer hacking group.

The suspect, aged in his late teens, was taken in for questioning in south Dublin and is one of five men held over the operations of LulzSec, a spin-off of the loosely organised hacking collective Anonymous.

A spokesman for Irish police said the investigation was being run by the Garda Bureau for Fraud Investigation and officers were liaising with international counterparts.

Swoops on the hardline hacking outfit began yesterday morning.

The loose collection of LulzSec hackers have claimed responsibility for a variety of cyber attacks on big companies such as Sony and law enforcement and government agencies such as the CIA and FBI.

Officials in New York said the five will face charges in the US.

Court papers lodged in the US yesterday named Hector Xavier Monsegur, a Manhattan resident, whom it said had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and was an “influential member of hackers Anonymous, Internet Feds and Lulz Security behind multiple cyber attacks.