Master Hacker Brought Low By Master Chief: How Xbox Outed LulzSec’s Topiary
“I am gonna give you such a pinch.”
The internet abounds with news reports of different sites being hacked by all kinds of weird online organizations. Recently, though, many of the perpetrators of these hacks have been getting found out and arrested, creating a kind of cat and mouse game the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Indian guy from Short Circuit started going after Angelina Jolie while riding a skateboard. Oh, wait.
Anyway. At the beginning of this month, a Scottish kid by the name of Jake Davis, 18, was arrested and faced with five hacking charges, among them “conspiracy to overload the website of Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency with traffic.” Davis, who went by the handle “Topiary,” was apparently acting as spokesman of Lulz Security, or LulzSec, wreaking havoc throughout the web in the name of online pranksterism and Guy Fawkes and all that.
But according to a Gawker article from Tuesday, Davis was revealed to be Topiary because of his predilection for playing Xbox. The article quotes LulzSec leader Sabu, who wrote this of Davis’s discovery:
“Topiary was an avid xbox gamer…Was known in the community talked a lot. One of the forum users doxed [identified] him and kept throwing the info out there enough that someone was smart enough to make the connection.”
What’s funny is that there’s likely little to no reason that a gamer on Xbox LIVE would feel the need to out a hacker. Unless, of course, he discovered that the stupid little douchebag who keeps griefing him and his friends during Halo deathmatches happened to be wanted by Interpol and MI6 and James Bond and Grape Ape and shit. In that case, that dickdog’s going DOWN.
Read the full post over at Gawker for the rest of the sweaty details regarding Davis getting outed. But let this be a lesson to all of you out there in Xbox-land: don’t piss people off. Be nice. Or else you might have your dirty laundry found out by vengeful gamers.