British hacker refused bail, diagnosed with autism

Jun 25, 2011
A man, believed to be 19-year-old Ryan Cleary, is hidden by police officers, as he arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London. Cleary, accused of attacking websites as part of an international hacking group, was remanded in custody at a court Saturday, despite being diagnosed with autism.

A British teenager accused of attacking websites as part of an international hacking group was remanded in custody at a court Saturday, despite being diagnosed with autism.

Ryan Cleary, 19, appeared at a London court charged with offences including hacking into the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the British equivalent of the FBI.

Judge Nicholas Evans initially granted him bail after his defence team said the teenager had been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, since his arrest.

However the decision was swiftly overturned after objections by prosecutors. His bail appeal will be heard on Monday.

Police arrested Cleary on Monday last week at his home in Wickford, southeast England, as part of a probe by Scotland Yard and the FBI into the Lulz Security .

Lulz has claimed responsibility for a month-long rampage against international businesses and government agencies, including the CIA and Senate in the United States and electronics giant Sony.

Cleary was in court for the second time in three days. He did not enter any plea to the five offences under the Criminal Law and Computer Misuse Act with which he is charged,

Ben Cooper, defending Cleary, expressed concern about his client's welfare given the recent diagnosis of Asperger's. He told the Cleary was extremely intelligent but agoraphobic and had difficulty interacting with other people.

British police on Wednesday charged Cleary with targeting the website of SOCA with a Distributed (DDoS) attack.

overwhelm websites with requests, causing them to be slow or inaccessible.

He was charged with similar attacks on the website of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in November and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on October.

Cleary faces two further charges of creating a "" or network of computers to carry out DDoS attacks. Lulz has denied that Cleary was part of the group.

His case closely mirrors that of Gary McKinnon, a Briton who also has Asperger's and is fighting extradition to the United States over allegations of into US military computers

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quasi44
not rated yet Jun 26, 2011
These attacks are the actions of people who are dedicated, intelligent, deliberate, and hostile. They are performed by the cyberspace versions of murderers, robbers, and rapists. Their computers become weapons of mass destruction, with international strife and individual hardship or outright ruination for a goal. This kids' autism is no handicap in this environment, he is merely more singleminded about his goal and more dedicated in his method due to it.
Burnerjack
not rated yet Jun 26, 2011
Remanded Despite being diagnosed with Autism. Ya, so? Let him go because he has autism? Intelligent enough to hack but too "disoriented to be incarcerated? Oh, please. Get real. Hey, I've got a GREAT concept: DON'T hack and DON"T go to jail. What a concept! Even better yet, Use your skill to contribute instead of disrupt! Sure, not as much fun but the pride of making an honest living using only the power of the mind should not be underestimated. Hackers, give it a shot. Open your own computer service shop or even teach advanced techniques. Many positions are available at all levels. From school level to corporate level. Yes, even the evil corporations.
FrankHerbert
1 / 5 (6) Jun 26, 2011
Hey yeah! If you 'contribute' enough you might be able to 'disrupt' someday with the big boys!
KingDWS
not rated yet Jun 27, 2011
About the only "excuse" aspergers can give is that they have very poor social skills and can be manipulated by unscrupulous people to do things without knowing/realizing that they are wrong. Problem is thats no excuse under the law.