British teen remanded in custody over hacking

Jun 23, 2011
A car, believed to be carrying 19-year-old Ryan Cleary (C) hidden under a jacket by police officers, leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in central London. Cleary, charged with attacking websites as part of an international hacking group, was remanded in police custody by a court Thursday while he assists a police investigation.

A British teenager charged with attacking websites as part of an international hacking group was remanded in police custody by a court Thursday while he assists a police investigation.

Ryan Cleary, 19, did not enter any plea to five charges under the Computer Misuse Act when he appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates Court in central London.

"He has been assisting with inquiries so far and is keen to continue doing so," defence lawyer Ben Cooper told the court.

Police arrested Cleary on Monday at his home in Wickford, southeast England, as part of a probe by Scotland Yard and the US (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.

British police on Wednesday charged Cleary with targeting the website of Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency -- the British equivalent of the FBI -- with a Distributed (DDoS) attack.

DDoS attacks 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, it said.

Cleary faces two further charges of creating a "botnet" or network of computers to carry out .

Lulz has denied that Cleary was part of the group.

Explore further: Twitpic to stay alive with new owner

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

British teen arrested over CIA, US Senate hacking

Jun 21, 2011

British police working with the FBI arrested a 19-year-old man over attacks by a hacker group on businesses and government agencies including the CIA, US Senate and Sony, Scotland Yard said Tuesday.

Hackers target British anti-crime agency website

Jun 20, 2011

Hackers who have hit the websites of the CIA, US Senate, Sony and others during a month-long rampage claimed on Monday to have knocked the site of Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) offline.

British arrests over cyber group 'Anonymous'

Jan 27, 2011

British police arrested five people Thursday as part of an investigation into cyber attacks by the online group "Anonymous", which last year assailed websites that were hostile to WikiLeaks.

Lulz hackers say attacks are entertainment

Jun 17, 2011

Computer hackers who have hit the websites of the CIA, US Senate, Sony and others during a month-long rampage said Friday that they were staging the attacks for their own entertainment.

Wikileaks defenders hack computer security firm

Feb 07, 2011

A hacker group behind online attacks on companies that withdrew services to WikiLeaks busted through the defenses of a computer security firm working with federal agents to expose their identities.

Recommended for you

Facebook dressed down over 'real names' policy

Sep 17, 2014

Facebook says it temporarily restored hundreds of deleted profiles of self-described drag queens and others, but declined to change a policy requiring account holders to use their real names rather than drag names such as ...

Yelp to pay US fine for child privacy violation

Sep 17, 2014

Online ratings operator Yelp agreed to pay $450,000 to settle US charges that it illegally collected data on children, in violation of privacy laws, officials said Wednesday.

User comments : 0