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Ryan Cleary, the hacker arrested in Essex last week with possible links to LulzSec, has been granted bail.

The conditions of bail mean that Cleary must observe a curfew between 9 am and 7 pm and wear an electronic tag.

The 19-year-old can't leave his house without one of his parents and is not allowed access to the internet or possess any devices capable of going online.

Since his arrest, Cleary has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome

 
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At midnight on Saturday 26th June LulzSec, the notorious internet hacktivist group, has announced they are ending their spree of activity. After exactly fifty days of hacking attacks the group will cease to exist. An excerpt of their farewell statement is below:

Again, behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement. We believe in it so strongly that we brought it back, much to the dismay of those looking for more anarchic lulz. We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us. The support we’ve gathered for it in such a short space of time is truly overwhelming, and not to mention humbling. Please don’t stop. Together, united, we can stomp down our common oppressors and imbue ourselves with the power and freedom we deserve.

So with those last thoughts, it’s time to say bon voyage. Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind – we hope – inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere.

Thank you for sailing with us. The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon.

Let it flow…

Lulz Security – our crew of six wishes you a happy 2011, and a shout-out to all of our battlefleet members and supporters across the globe


Now that thats over we can discuss what they did as a final act; an info dump containing 550,000 batches of personal info from Battlefield Heroes beta users and a further 50,000 random game forum users. 
 
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Apparently yesterday there were scares that LulzSec may have hacked Xbox Live.

LulzSec claimed to have stolen and leaked the login and password information for approximately 62,000 "internet accounts," reports the CBC. The stolen info is said to comprise logins/passwords from Facebook, Twitter, "dating sites," PayPal and, notoriously, Xbox Live. It is also claimed that the majority of accounts are from the United states, though several other countries are named in the report.

Microsoft has released a statement, which states that Xbox Live was not compromised to the best of Microsoft's knowledge, and the logins/passwords were released at random, with people encouraged to try said information on services like Xbox Live (among others). 

"This group appears to have posted a list of thousands of potential email addresses and passwords, and encouraged users to try them across various online sites like Xbox Live in the event one of the users happens to use the same password and email address combination. At this time we do not have any evidence Xbox Live has been compromised. However we take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats."

ThePauseMenu will follow these occurences as they come. Lets hope LulzSec will stop or be caught soon.

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Serial Hacking. Nintendo, Bethesda, Epic, Codemasters, Square Enix, Sony, Bioware, these are all the companies who have been hacked recently in what appears to be a spur of digital piracy. Anonymous and LulzSec are big names in this subject but these actions individually are complex and are different on many levels.

Today SEGA was hacked by an unknown source.
Members of the Sega Pass forums received an email today explaining the hack attack.

"We immediately took the appropriate action to protect our consumers' data and isolate the location of the breach," says the statement posted by Eurogamer. "We have launched an investigation into the extent of the breach of our public systems.

"We have identified that a subset of Sega Pass members emails addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords were obtained. To stress, none of the passwords obtained were stored in plain text.

"Please note that no personal payment information was stored by Sega as we use external payment providers, meaning your payment details were not at risk from this intrusion."
 
Sega has reset the passwords and requests Sega Pass users not to try to log-in to the forums until their fully operational. The company also apologizes for the breach.

Now in a very awkward turn of events LulzSec offered their assistance in this problem via twitter.
“Sega – contact us,” begins the tweet. “We want to help you destroy the hackers that attacked you. We love the Dreamcast, these people are going down.”

Where is this hacking spree going? When will it stop? Who's next?