A woman from Iowa says the FBI raided her house last week in the hunt for members of the hacking group LulzSec. Laurelai Bailey (29) says the agents did not suspect her of being a member of the group herself, but that they believed she might know some people online who were associated with them.
Allegedly, Laurelai Bailey spent five hours talking to the eight FBI agents who arrived at her home. They wanted to know if she knew anyone linked to an attack earlier this year on the security firm HBGary. The people behind that attack are widely believed to have been members of Anonymous who later broke away to form the LulzSec group.
According to Bailey, the FBI were particularly interested in someone known online as Kayla. Rumours suggest that Kayla is a 16-year-old girl, although others claim that ‘she’ is in fact a 20-year-old male from New Jersey. There are also suggestions that Kayla is not one person but is, instead, a ‘sock puppet’ behind which numerous people hide.
Laurelai Bailey says that she is not, and never has been, involved in any kind of illegal hacking. And from her account of the raid, it sounds like the FBI believe her. Nevertheless, there is clearly a concerted effort going on in the US to track down the members of LulzSec. It will be interesting to see if the FBI have any luck, or whether LulzSec’s confidence was well-founded when they bragged that they could not be uncovered.