Lulzsec Members Plead Guilty

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 @ 07:06 AM gHale

Two members of the Lulzsec hacker group pleaded guilty to charges they attacked several well known web sites.

Ryan Cleary, 20, and Jake Davies, 19, both of the UK confessed attacks on the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), National Health Service, News International, Sony, Nintendo, Arizona State police, and other sites in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks designed to cause the sites to cash. Cleary also confessed to four separate charges including hacking into U.S. Air Force Agency computers at the Pentagon.

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Both men appeared at Southwark Crown Court and entered guilty pleas to a series of charges. However, the two men denied charges they posted illegally acquired information and posted it to sites such as The Pirate Bay and Pastebin in order to encourage others to commit offences. The case will continue July 12.

Jake Davies, also known as “Topiary,” ended up arrested a year ago in the Shetland Islands. Ryan Cleary, known under the names “Anakin,” “hershcel.mcdooenstein”, “George hampsterman” and “ni”, ended up released on bail but returned to jail after breaking bail conditions. In June, U.S. authorities charged him, but they have since said they will not extradite.

Two others, Ryan Ackroyd, 25, and a 17-year-old student denied involvement in the DDoS activities. They are due for trial in April 2013.

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