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Ultimate hack: LulzSec may have duped British authorities into arresting innocent man

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 7:23PM EST

Following reports on Wednesday that British police had arrested a 19-year-old suspect thought to be the spokesperson of notorious hacker group “LulzSec,” new information suggests authorities may have been duped into arresting an innocent man. According to DailyTech, a hacker by the name of “The Jester” has discovered and published chat logs that suggest “Topiary,” the hacker reportedly arrested by authorities on Wednesday, is still at large. According to the exposed chat, Sweden-born Daniel Ackerman Sandberg — the alleged real LulzSec spokesperson — recently assumed the online identity of another man in an effort to mislead authorities. Sandberg, who has reportedly changed his name numerous times, is also said to have been caught on video speaking Swedish, further suggesting that the Scottish man arrested Wednesday by British authorities was not in fact LulzSec’s spokesperson. The full alleged chat logs between Sandberg and an anonymous second party can be read below (emphasis applied by DailyTech).

[removed]: S’up Daniel
Topiary: s’appening [removed]
[removed]: You OK?
Topiary: could be better, you seen the pdf table thing with all the names I take it?
[removed]: Saw that, but you seen the thing today?
Topiary: bro I’ve been playing it off since fakegregg said something about Zelda
[removed]: ah, well, you should keep low man
Topiary: I can’t at this point, I need to just straight up deny it 100% and flaunt it everywhere
Topiary: but I trust you, you know how it is
Topiary: if I go hide then people will assume the dox are right
Topiary: so I’ll just act like they failed hard
[removed]: True that – so you need to make a big show of disproving them
Topiary: yeah well, this is my plan:
Topiary: (as you know I stole this nickname from a troll last December, didn’t work out so well)
Topiary: I’ll just keep denying it until they try to go after the troll
Topiary: then they’ll think that’s me and harass him
[removed]: then he harasses back?
Topiary: yeah but if I deny my real dox enough, people will go looking for other dox
Topiary: then nobody will believe I’m me
Topiary: and all you bastards told me my Brit voice was good, damnit
Topiary: did they get voice recognition?
[removed]: well when you talk the Swedish accent comes out a bit
[removed]: but not for a couple of minutes
Topiary: these faggots aren’t hitting the UK ni$%*r Topiary
Topiary: why aren’t they?
Topiary: I’m hoping someone will go after him and think it’s me, then I’ll act all scared etc
[removed]: then boom – you drop all the heat on him
Topiary: ANYTHING to divert attention from that fuckign nameshub
Topiary: I’m assuming they put that to Feds
Topiary: so I might be raided soon
Topiary: fucking shit
Topiary: goddamnit
[removed]: that “nameshub” thing exposed a few peopl
[removed]: have the feds any jurisdiction in Sweden?
[removed]: ohwait
[removed]: shit :/
Topiary: don’t know but I’m shitting bricks
Topiary: so I don’t know what to do
Topiary: so I’m just playing it off
Topiary: “Who the fuck is Daniel Sandberg?”, the whole story
[removed]: well, hopefully someone will go after the troll you stole the name off
Topiary: they should have already
Topiary: hoping so dude
Topiary: because I don’t want this shit
Topiary: but yeah I deleted everything recently
[removed]: rm -rf
[removed]: fuck, I hope you DBAN-ed
Topiary: I’d like to make it to the end of the month, how long do they take to raid?
Topiary: better not hit me on April fool’s day
Topiary: but yeah maybe they’ll just think backtrace is a joke and not go after me
[removed]: Well shit, how long before they raided no that time?
Topiary: not very long
Topiary: bro why haven’t you done what I did?
Topiary: find some network and steal someone’s nick
Topiary: like someone you don’t like
Topiary: then do illegal shit
Topiary: and they hit them instead
Topiary: you’re using a real name
[removed]: never thought to do it…
[removed]: I’d advise taking a hammer to your drives though
Topiary: wouldn’t that look suspicious if they come?
Topiary: maybe things just have to be normal
[removed]: hmmmm. use a guttmann pass – you know, like DBAN on crack?
[removed]: then reload windows or something
Topiary: yeah
Topiary: just hoping that they’ll take the bait
Topiary: the fucker has been using Topiary for like a year
Topiary: trolling everyone
Topiary: for no reason
Topiary: so now we troll him, hope he’s getting raided
Topiary: well whatever, we both discussed this like last year
Topiary: so…
Topiary: then I’ll stop my twitter and everything
Topiary: but it isn’t FUCKING WORKING
[removed]: make it look like they got the right guy
Topiary: yup
[removed]: it is also
Topiary: fucking tired of people adding me on Facebook
Topiary: to be honest I’m just gonna continue the Zelda casts as normal
Topiary: it would look REALLY weird if they stopped
[removed]: it shouldnt fsck with your normal life
Topiary: yeah, right, right
Topiary: agreed
Topiary: so that’s what I’ll do
Topiary: just keep it cool and carry on with it
[removed]: frame up this damn trollfaggot, and “carry on”
Topiary: hope it blows over and they start doxing Ireland fag or Scotland fag or wherever the fuck UK part he’s from
Topiary: anyway I trust you so yeah
Topiary: we can keep this between us
[removed]: Wont say a word bro
[removed]: just take care
Topiary: okay gotta go
Topiary: thanks for advic
[removed]: bye!


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