British police have detained a third suspected LulzSec member, meaning that if LulzSec's claims are true, up to half of the hacker group could already have been caught by the world's law enforcement.
The news follows the U.K. police's most recent arrest of an 18-year-old suspected LulzSec member, Jake Davis. The youth was arrested at his home in Yell, a small island in the Shetland Islands, and has since been moved to London for further questioning.
The alleged LulzSec member has since been charged for numerous offences including planned attacks and future attacks on the U.K.'s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).
Specifically, Davis -- or "Topiary" as he is believed to be known in hacking circles -- has been charged with offences contrary to section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 and conspiracy to commit and encourage offences banned under section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
Davis is the third British citizen to be arrested for suspected involvement in LulzSec hacks.
Alongside his own arrest, police also searched the home of an as yet unidentified 17-year-old boy suspected of LulzSec membership. Though police have not yet arrested the Lincolnshire youth, he has since been interviewed under caution regarding his involvement in LulzSec.
The news follows the previously high-profile arrest of Ryan Cleary, who was picked up by British police just after LulzSec and Anonymous began Operation Anti-Security (AntiSec). LulzSec has since maintained that Cleary is in no way affiliated to it.
If true then as many as half of LulzSec are currently being held by the police. The group -- if its statements can be trusted -- has repeatedly reported that it only consists of six members.
When LulzSec released its goodbye "50 Days of Lulz" message it ended saying: "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."