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LulzSec’s Ryan Cleary and Jake Davis admit hacking into the CIA

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Jake Davis was released on bail after his appearance in court. He is expected to face trial next April. Photo: Paul Grover


British pair admit targeting institutions including CIA, Soca and News International


LulzSec hacker Ryan Cleary has admitted hacking into the websites of the CIA and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Cleary, 20, confessed to launching a string of attacks on major institutions in Britain and the US with fellow hacker Jake Davis, 19.

The two targeted sites including the NHS, News International, Sony, Nintendo, Arizona state police, film studio 20th Century Fox and other sites in a series of so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, where websites are flooded with traffic to make them crash.

Cleary, of Wickford, Essex, and Davis, of Lerwick, Shetland, plotted to carry out the attacks with other unknown members of the internet groups Anonymous, Internet Feds and LulzSec.

Other websites targeted by the pair were Westboro Baptist church, Bethesda, Eve Online, HBGary, HBGary Federal, PBS Inc and Infragard.

Cleary also confessed to four separate charges, including hacking into US air force agency computers, based at the Pentagon.

Both men appeared in the dock at Southwark crown court on Monday to enter guilty pleas to a series of charges brought against them. But both Cleary and Davis denied allegations they posted “unlawfully obtained confidential computer data” to public sites including LulzSec, Pirate Bay, and PasteBin, in order to encourage offences contrary to the Serious Crime Act.

Alleged co-hackers Ryan Ackroyd, 25, of Mexborough, Doncaster, and a 17-year-old A-level student from south London, deny their involvement in the DDoS attacks and will stand trial on 8 April next year.

The name LulzSec is a combination of ”lulz” or ”lols”, meaning “laugh out loud” and security.

All the offences are said to have taken place between February and September 2011.

Cleary also pleaded not guilty to four further charges under sections 1 and 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 said to have been committed between January 2009 and June 2011.

The hackers will be tried on the remaining charges of April next year. The court heard it will take 3,000 hours to view the material which has been served against Ackroyd alone.

All apart from Cleary were released on bail.

Last week it was reported the US prosecutors have claimed they will no longer be seeking to extradite Cleary but will leave him to be dealt with by the UK courts.

Source: agencies and the Guardian

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