Accused LulzSec Hacker Out on Bail

Monday, August 1, 2011 @ 03:08 PM gHale

A British teenager accused of acting as spokesman for computer hacking groups LulzSec and Anonymous is now out on bail – and not allowed to use the Internet.

Jake Davis, 18, faces charges after his arrest last week at his home on Scotland’s Shetland Islands.

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Police said he mounted a cyber attack on Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency.

Davis used the online nickname Topiary and acted as a spokesman for the two hacktivist groups, linked to attacks on Britain’s National Health Service, Sony Corp., The Sun newspaper and other targets, police said.

Davis appeared Monday at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London. Judge Howard Riddle ordered him released on bail — on condition he not use the Internet — until a court appearance Aug. 30.

Hacking arrests continue to rise as 16 people now faces charges after their arrests in the U.S. in connection with cyber attacks by the Anonymous group, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

An indictment filed last week in San Jose, Calif., names 14 people accused of conspiring to intentionally damage protected computers at PayPal last December in retribution for PayPal suspending WikiLeaks’ account to prevent supporters from donating to the whistleblower site. The arrests occurred in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, and Ohio, the Justice Department said. The defendants will make initial appearances in federal courts in their areas.

In two separate indictments, a Sarasota, Fla., police busted a man on charges of intentionally damaging a protected computer for accessing the Web site of InfraGard Tampa Bay, an FBI partner, in June. The complaint said he released instructions on how to exploit the Web site.

Another man faces charges in Las Cruces, N.M., for stealing confidential business information from AT&T servers and posting it publicly in April, police said. The defendant, who works as a customer support contractor for AT&T at outsource provider Convergys, faces charges of accessing a protected computer without authorization for downloading thousands of documents, applications, and other files and then posting them on the Internet, the indictment said.

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