Lulzsec: UK men plead guilty to hacking charges

Lulz Security man in hat icon Lulzsec were known for carrying out attacks for the "lulz", a variation of "lol", meaning "laugh out loud"

Two members of the computer hacking group Lulzsec have pleaded guilty to charges they attacked several high-profile websites.

Ryan Cleary, 19, and Jake Davis, 18, admitted being part of Lulzsec, an offshoot of the Anonymous collective.

They and two others - Ryan Ackroyd, 25, and a 17-year-old boy - deny other similar hacking charges.

Lulzsec claimed responsibility for attacking the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) website.

Mr Cleary, from Essex; Mr Davis, from the Shetland Isles; Mr Ackroyd from South Yorkshire and the unnamed 17-year-old will all face trial in April 2013.

Splinter group

Mr Cleary also faces charges in the US, where he stands accused of breaking into a number of websites, including that of the US X Factor, in order to deface them and steal personal details.

Lulzsec emerged as a splinter group of the Anonymous hacking collective in May 2011.

Their name stood for Lulz Security - where "Lulz" is a play on words of the popular internet phrase "lol", meaning "laugh out loud".

They employed techniques to flood websites with high traffic - known as a DDoS attack - in order to render them unusable.

Lulzsec claimed to have attacked News International, whose website for The Sun was defaced with a false story suggesting that the newspaper's owner Rupert Murdoch had died.

Lulzsec had previously posted a story on American broadcaster PBS's website suggesting that deceased rapper Tupac Shakur was in fact alive.

More Technology stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Dana Lone HillDana Lone Hill

    The Native American names that break Facebook rules


  • Painting from Rothschild collectionDark arts Watch

    The 50-year fight to recover paintings looted by the Nazis


  • Mukesh SinghNo remorse

    Delhi bus rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back


  • Signposts showing the US and UK flagsAn ocean apart

    How British misunderstanding of the US is growing


BBC Future

(US Navy)

The world’s noisiest spy plane

The Soviet giant that still soldiers on Read more...

Programmes

  • Former al-Qaeda double agent Aimen DeanHARDtalk Watch

    Islamic State is about revenge says former al-Qaeda member turned spy Aimen Dean

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.