updated 04:40 pm EDT, Tue June 28, 2011
LulzSec police raid turns up mystery Kayla insider
An FBI raid newly publicized Tuesday may have given clues as to some actual identities but at the cost of a person's well-being. The search, conducted against chatroom participant but otherwise believed innocent Laurelai Bailey, has narrowed down one member to a mystery figure known as "Kayla." The FBI was "particularly interested" whenever Kayla was mentioned, Bailey tells Gawker, but gives little away even with a reported Twitter account.
The FBI has stressed that Bailey isn't wanted for any crimes but, because of a conversation she had as a result of the raid, was incorrectly linked to the raid by her technical support employer. The unnamed company fired her to save face, she claims.
While the search in itself won't lead to a conviction, it combines with recent identity leaks from a rival group that might lead to some of the group facing the consequences of the hacks. LulzSec quit suddenly after 50 days ostensibly in an official plan, but many speculate that it was an impromptu decision to avoid exposing one or more members.
Kayla is aware of the raid report and has already rebuffed claims that people know her identity. "Obviously you dont [sic]," she says.