UPDATE: LulzSec have posted the following tweet:
“Just saw the pastebin of the UK census hack. That wasn’t us – don’t believe fake LulzSec releases unless we put out a tweet first”
So it would seem the Telegraph article below is a hoax.
Originally posted on telepgraph.co.uk:
The entire 2011 census database has been stolen by hackers and will be published online, it has been claimed.
Ryan Cleary, an alleged member of the hacking group behind the claim, LulzSec, was arrested in Essex this morning by specialist cyber crime officers from Scotland Yard.
“We’re keeping them under lock and key though… so don’t worry about your privacy (…until we finish re-formatting them for release),” it added.The posting said the database will be published via The Pirate Bay, a file sharing website.
The Office of National Statistics said it was investigating the claims.
“We are aware of the suggestion that census data has been accessed. We are working with our security advisers and contractors to establish whether there is any substance to this,” it said.
“The 2011 Census places the highest priority on maintaining the security of personal data. At this stage we have no evidence to suggest that any such compromise has occurred.”
The US defence contractor Lockheed Martin, which collected the 2011 census data, was also preparing a statement.
Graham Cluley, of the British computer security firm Sophos, said more evidence of a breach was required.
“I don’t think we should believe someone has hacked UK census purely on basis of a post to PasteBin [the website used by LulzSec for its announcements],” he said.
LulzSec first emerged in May and mounted a series of Distributed Denial of Service and hacking attacks on high profile organisations. Sony, the CIA, the US Senate, the NHS, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and security companies linked to the FBI have all been targeted.
The group claims to be acting purely for amusement.”Lulz” is a derivative of LOL, the abbreviation for “laugh out loud” commonly used online.
[via the Telepgragh]