Thursday, May 16, 2013


LulzSec hackers handed down prison terms, suspended sentence

British members of the LulzSec hacking collective were sentenced for a series of global cyber-attacks in 2011. 

Two of the hacktivists have received prison terms, one will be sent to a young offenders’ institution and another received a suspended sentence.

Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis, Mustafa Bassam and Ryan Cleary had all pleaded guilty to hacking offenses prior to sentencing on Thursday.

Cleary, 21, who also pleaded guilty to possession of images showing child abuse, was sentenced to 32 months, of which he will serve half. He also pleaded guilty to hacking and multiple counts of launching cyber-attacks against organizations, including the CIA and the UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA), as well as hacking into US Air Force computers at the Pentagon.

Ackroyd, 26, was sentenced to a 30 month sentence of which he is expected to serve 15 months. He had pleaded guilty to one charge of conducting an unauthorized act to hinder the operation of a computer.

Davis, 20, was sentenced to two years in a young offenders’ institute for hacking and cyber-attack related offenses.

Bassam, 18, was still in school when the attacks were carried out and was handed down a 20 month sentence which was suspended for two years, as well as 300 hours of community service.

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