LulzSec saga: Cleary charged with hacking offenses

Summary:The 19-year-old arrested on Tuesday by London police has been formally charged with launching denial of services attacks.

The 19-year-old arrested on Tuesday by London police has been formally charged with launching denial of services attacks.

Ryan Cleary, who was the center of a flurry of reports connecting the dots between him and the LulzSec hacking group, was charged with a bevy of offenses. Cleary, was identified by the BBC, which appeared to use PasteBin to get the name. Cleary was arrested early Tuesday in what appeared to be a score for Scotland Yard and the FBI. It initially appeared that Cleary was a ringleader for LulzSec, which is structured to be a leaderless organization.

However, LulzSec said it was alive and well. According to @anonymouSabu, believed to be a leader of LulzSec, Cleary was ratted out, but he only hosted chats.

Among the key charges:

  • Cleary allegedly conspired with others to construct a botnet used in an attack.
  • Allegedly launched a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack was launched June 20 against the Serious Organised Crime Agency to hamper operations.
  • Attacked the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).
  • Launched another DDOS attack on the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
  • Cleary allegedly was a botnet supplier.

The teen is expected to appear before the City of Westminster Magistrates Court on Thursday. The charges were the latest in an ongoing saga revolving around recent attacks. The latest:

Topics: Security

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