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Suspected 'Fluffi Bunni' Hacker in British Custody

British authorities arrested a man Tuesday believed to head a group of hackers known as “Fluffi Bunni,” which used a stuffed pink rabbit to mark attacks that humiliated some of the world’s premier computer security organizations. Fluffi Bunni captured the attention of the FBI just days after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, when thousands of commercial Web sites were vandalized with a single break-in that included the message, “Fluffi Bunni Goes Jihad.” The FBI characterized the act in a November 2001 report as an anti-American cyberprotest against the war on terrorism. Lynn Htun, 24, was arrested by Scotland Yard detectives on outstanding forgery charges while attending a prominent trade show in London for computer security professionals, InfoSecurity Europe 2003, authorities said. British authorities did not mention Htun’s alleged hacking. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Htun is wanted in America in connection with a series of high-profile hacking cases blamed on Fluffi Bunni. Investigators believe Htun was the group’s leader and referred to himself as Fluffi Bunni, the official said. Authorities in London indicated they would release more information Wednesday about Htun’s arrest, although the continuing investigation into Fluffi Bunni hackers was sensitive and other arrests could be possible. Fluffi Bunni embarrassed leading Internet security organizations by breaking into their own computers and replacing Web pages with the message “Fluffi Bunni ownz you” and a digital photograph of a pink rabbit at a keyboard. The attacks, which began in June 2000, lasted about 18 months, then stopped mysteriously and created one of the Internet’s most significant hacker whodunits in years. Full Story

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