FOUR MEN ARRESTED in the UK last week on computer hacking charges have been bailed by the courts.
The arrested men were instantly associated with the hacker groups Anonymous and Lulzsec and, perhaps as an acknowledgement of their alleged involvement in some of the biggest recent hacks in the UK, have been barred from using online chat services and their online monikers by the court.
According to Graham Cluley, writing on his Sophos Naked Security blog, this means that one of those bailed cannot use his own name, which is unfortunate.
"20-year-old Christopher Jan Weatherhead, from Northampton, cannot use the internet nickname 'Nerdo', Ashley Rhodes, 26, from London, is banned from calling himself 'NikonElite' online," he wrote.
"22-year-old student Peter David Gibson, of Hartlepool, County Durham, is banned from using the name 'Peter' on the internet (which must be awkward), and a 17-year-old from Chester is not allowed to use his online nickname."
The men were arrested in August and two of them are suspected to be behind Kayla, the hacker credited with the attacks on HB Gary Federal as well as other targets. However, there is some discrepancy between the ages of those bailed today and those of the two men arrested on suspicion of being Kayla on 2 September.
"The arrests - [E] 24ys and [F] 20ys - are part of an ongoing investigation in collaboration with the FBI, South Yorkshire Police and other law enforcement bodies in the UK and overseas, into the activities of the online 'hacktivist' groups Anonymous and LulzSec - in particular in connection with suspected offences conducted under the cover of the online identity 'Kayla'," said the Metropolitan Police at the time. µ