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Lulzsec is accused in court

Ryan Ackroyd goes up before the beak
Fri Mar 16 2012, 15:54

ONE OF THE YOUNG MEN accused of involvement with the Lulzsec hacking spree is up on charges in a UK court today.

Ryan Ackroyd, also known as Kayla, is accused of attacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) last Summer and taking it offline, an attack that SOCA confirmed at the time, as well as a CIA site.

He was arrested earlier this month in a law enforcement swoop that netted five other members of the group, three of which - Jake Davis, Ryan Cleary and an un-named minor - are accused of conspiring with him in these attacks.

The BBC was in court and reports that other attacks were also mentioned, including one on News International that must be the infamous Sun defacement. It adds that Ackroyd did not enter a plea and is due to appear again at Southwark Crown Court on 11 May.

Officially he and the others are accused of carrying out an unauthorised act with intent to impair or with recklessness as to impair the operation of a computer. Ackroyd faces up to 10 years in prison.

Lulzsec's hacking campaign claimed several scalps and got a lot of attention from law enforement. In the UK a barrage of assualts on banking organisations lead the Met Police to decide to quadruple its e-crime cops, swelling their ranks to 85. µ


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