Arik Hesseldahl

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LulzSec Posts More Sony Data, Amid Claim One of Them Is Arrested

More news came from LulzSec, the hacker group that has in recent days been harassing Sony and Nintendo, and affiliates of the FBI, and before that, placing fake news stories on a PBS Web site.

Today Sony was in its sights yet again. The group released via Twitter a 54-megabyte file containing the source code for Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network, also known as SCE Devnet.

Presenting Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network source code: [54MB] #Sownage | 16 – 0
The Lulz Boat

The release came as there was a claim — totally unconfirmed — that a member of the group has been arrested by the FBI. The claim was made on the Full Disclosure mailing list, an independent free-wheeling mailing list that focuses on computer security. The message, which was sent by someone using the Hushmail secure email service, contained what is said to be a chat log from Lulzsec’s private IRC chat server, then mentions at the end that “one of them is already in FBI custody.” I have calls into FBI offices in Washington and New York, trying to corroborate the claim of the arrest.

Obviously, it’s possible that the claim is completely made up. It could be an attempt by someone to falsely implicate someone as a member of the group, throw off the trail, or just a nasty prank. But if an arrest has been made, and the person arrested is a member of LulzSec, then it would probably be a fairly short time until other members are arrested too.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work