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updated 6/22/2011 11:18:34 AM ET 2011-06-22T15:18:34

Facebook scammers are wasting no time cashing in on the news that a high-profile hacker and alleged leader of the infamous LulzSec hacking group has been arrested.

A scam is spreading through Facebook claiming to have a photo of "The Creator of LulzSec" being arrested by two police officers in London, the security firm Sophos reported.

Appearing on Facebook walls, the message shows a pixelated image of what appears to be two police officers flanking Ryan Cleary, the 19-year-old man suspected of orchestrating cyberattacks on international businesses and intelligence agencies, including Sony's PlayStation Store and the CIA.

(Although the scam pins him as LulzSec's creator, police have not said if Cleary is attached to the LulzSec or Anonymous hacking collectives.)

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If you've been following this case or any of Anonymous or LulzSec's recent exploits, you may be tempted to see a picture of the person who allegedly carried out the brazen attacks.

But users who click the offer to "See the picture without blurring," Sophos says, are not rewarded with the real picture, and instead are taken to third-party Web page that attempts to get them to download a series of toolbars.

Doing so not only makes money for the scammers, but also spreads the phony photo scam to users' Facebook friends.

If you come across this message on Facebook, ignore it, and never download or click on suspicious attachments. If you're looking for news, especially regarding breaking topics, it's best to seek it out from reputable sources.

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