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The group of hackers, LulzSec, also known as Lulz Security, responded to an earlier report that one of its members was apprehended by the FBI.
In a textfile, the group claimed the breached network, #pure-elite, was only for recruiting, while its core chat rooms remain secure. They also claim the member who was arrested was not part of LulzSec. "We don't even know who he is," the group stated. They added they are â€œlaughing heartily right now," over the incident.
LulzSec has claimed responsibility for hacking PBSâ€™s website and posting a fake story that said slain rapper Tupac Shakur is alive and well in New Zealand. The group also admitted to hacking several Sony websites.
In a chat log during the government raid, a LulzSec user said that â€œmilitary hackers are trying to hack us.â€ The user added that one member by the name of Robert Cavanaugh was apprehended by the FBI.
Following news of the arrest, LulzSec stated on its Twitter account Monday afternoon, "That's strange because all of us are still here. Uh-oh!â€
The hacker group added that the member who leaked their chat log â€œhas been completely hacked inside and out."
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The group, which has breached the networks of both Sony and Nintendo within a week, also challenged the FBI and NATO prior to the raid and arrest. â€œThey now treat hacking as an act of war,â€ LulsSec stated in a Pastebin textfile. â€œSo, we just hacked an FBI affiliated website (Infragard, specifically the Atlanta chapter) and leaked its user base. We also took complete control over the site and defaced it.â€