Louise Mensch: 59-year-old man arrested in ‘Anonymous email threat’ probe

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
@[email protected]

Louise MenschAccording to British police, a 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with threats made against Louise Mensch MP via email and Twitter.

Earlier this week, British MP Louise Mensch claimed that she had received a threat against her children from the Anonymous hacktivist group.

Mensch, who under her maiden name of Louise Bagshawe has written a number of fluffy chick-lit novels, used Twitter to reveal that her family had been threatened:

Had some morons from Anonymous /Lulzsec threaten my children via email. As I'm in the States, be good to have somebody from the UK police advise me where I should forward the email. To those who sent it; get stuffed, losers.

Sign up to our free newsletter.
Security news, advice, and tips.

Oh and I'm posting it on Twitter because they threatened me telling me to get off Twitter. Hi kids! ::waves::

I've contacted the police via the House of Commons and the email is with them now. I don't bully easily, kids. Or in fact at all.

The Met Police’s e-crime unit (PCeU), working with officers from the Palace of Westminster, arrested the man yesterday near Gloucester in connection with the malicious communications.

Of course, the arrested man must be considered innocent unless proven guilty, and we have no way of telling presently if he considers himself associated with Anonymous or not.

Certainly it’s become more normal for Anonymous to publish statements on sites like PasteBin than send emails containing threats against children.

In a message posted on Twitter, the Tory MP said that the Anonymous and LulzSec names and logos were included in the email, but that she recognised that there were many different individuals forming the movement.

At least one Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account was keen to disassociate itself with the threat:

Tweet from Anonymous account

The official statement from the Metropolitan Police about the arrest is published on their website.

Update: In April 2012, 60-year-old Frank Zimmerman was found guilty of sending the death threat to Louise Mensch.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

What do you think? Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.