Teenager Charged With Hacking U.K. Crime Agency Website Released on Bail
By Kit Chellel and Lindsay Fortado – Aug 1, 2011 8:36 AM ET
Jake Davis, a British teenager arrested last week in a U.K. hacking investigation, was released on bail on the condition that he stays at his mother’s house and doesn’t access the Internet.
Davis, 18, from the Shetland Islands in Scotland, was charged with conspiring to carry out a so-called denial of service attack on computers at the U.K. government’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement yesterday.
Police said that Davis may act as the spokesman for the hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec and uses the online nickname “Topiary.” LulzSec’s Twitter feed hasn’t posted any comments since his arrest last week.
Davis was also charged with unauthorized access to a computer system, encouraging and assisting offenses, and conspiring with others to violate the Computer Misuse Act. He will be subject to a curfew and can have no direct or indirect access to the Internet.
LulzSec has claimed credit for breaking into websites at Sony Corp. and the U.S. Senate, while Anonymous said in April it would wage what it called a cyberwar against Tokyo-based Sony for trying to prevent people from tinkering with PlayStation 3 game consoles.
Another British teenager, Ryan Cleary, was arrested as part of the investigation into computer hacking on businesses and government agencies in June. Cleary, 19, was accused of being involved in the attack on SOCA, and a similar attack on the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the British Phonographic Industry, both of which represent the recording industry.
Cleary is required to live and sleep at his parents’ home address in Essex, England and isn’t allowed to leave without one of them as part of the conditions of bail.
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