THREE MEMBERS of the hacks for larks group Lulzsec have pleaded guilty in court to attacks on websites belonging to, amongst others, the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Sony.
Jake Davis, or Topiary, 20, and 18-year old Mustafa Al-Bassam admitted to blocking access to SOCA and the CIA, and to hacking into the systems of 20th Century Fox, News International and Sony.
According to the Crown Prosecution Service Ryan Ackroyd, 26, also pleaded guilty. The CPS told us that he entered the plea on charges of conspiracy to an unauthorised act or acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, the operation of a computer or computers, contrary to section 1 (1) of the criminal law act of 1977.
The Lulzsec spree lasted for 50 days, ending in June 2011. During that brief period it managed to wreak havoc on the internet and took over websites with abandon.
In their attack on The Sun they redirected visitors to the newspaper's website to a story that said that Rupert Murdoch had died and when they quit they dumped the personal data of three quarters of a million people onto The Pirate Bay.
"For the past 50 days we've been disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could..." they said.
"It's time to say bon voyage. Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind - we hope - inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere."
In June last year Davis and Ryan Cleary, 19, admitted to playing a part in denial of service attacks on web sites, however, they, Al-Bassam, who was 17 and unnamed at the time, and Ryan Ackroyd, 25, denied other charges.
All four are accused of conspiring together between February and September 2011, and acting with or around groups "Anonymous", "Internet Feds" and "Lulzsec".
The CPS lists the groups' alleged victims as HBGary and/or HBGary Federal, Sony, Twentieth Century Fox, PBS, Infragard, Nintendo, the National Health Service, the Arizona State Police and News International.
They will be sentenced on 14 May. µ
Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ