The reclusive teenage hacker arrested in Britain on Tuesday could prove vital clues to the terror ring of super-brain hackers who torment governments and the biggest of corporations in the world no end.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency, Britain's equivalent of the FBI, made the remarkable breath through when they dug their way into the den of 19-year-old Ryan Cleary, arrested him and took possession of his computer.
He is believed to be the LulzSec mastermind who attacked Sony, the US Central Intelligence Agency and the US Senate. The feared hacker-activist group LulzSec immediately stated Cleary was not a member of the group but, somewhat in contradicting fashion, named the people it suspects to have shopped Cleary.
They said in twitter post: RIP Ryan. Narced by m_nerva aka cimx aka rq42 and hann. Ryan hosted IRC for ED and other chans. Had nothing to do with lulzsec.
They reviled the black sheep saying: These goons begged us for mercy after they apologized to us all night for leaking some of our affiliates' logs. And there was further threat. There is no mercy on The Lulz Boat.
However, the authorities believe the arrest of Cleary in the UK is at least a crack in the door and that it will help them finally bust the anti-security coalition of the LulzSec, Anonymous and their ilk.
The arrest of Cleary came within hours of the UK's premier investigating agency's website being taken off following a cyber attack. Detectives swooped down on Cleary's Essex home dramatically and nabbed him from the bedroom, which he had not left apparently for almost four years.
According to Cleary's mother he is an ultimate recluse. He left his bedroom only to use the bathroom and had never gone out of the house in the last four years. He suffers from agoraphobia -- the fear or open spaces -- and has been a confirmed Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) personality. His mother would leave his food outside the door.
'The loner who lives his life online' would face up to 60 years in prison in the US if his guilt is proved in a court. He is liable to be extradited to the US for the offence of hacking into the Senate and CIA.
According to the Sun, Cleary is a heavy metal fan who has been thrown out of two schools for disruptive behavior. Ryan is obsessed with computers. He's a bit of a geek. That's all he does - he's a recluse. He locks himself in his room every day, closes the curtains and spends hours at a time online, Cleary's 22-year-old half brother told the Sun.
Ryan used to be part of WikiLeaks. He has upset someone doing that and they made a Facebook page having a go at him, said half brother Mitchell.
The British police believe Cleary is part of the inner ring of the LulzSec and that his arrest could give vital leads to the hacker group. But LulzSec insisted that he is not part of them. Ryan Cleary is not part of LulzSec; we house one of our many legitimate chatrooms on his IRC server, but that's it, LulzSec tweeted. Clearly the UK police are so desperate to catch us that they've gone and arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated with us. Lame, the group tweeted.
It's too early to say if this claim is true or false, for the web of intrigue surrounding the hacking world is growing complex by the day.