Teen accused of hacking police website
Published 02/08/2011 | 05:00
A teenager appeared in court yesterday charged with hacking into websites, including that of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Jake Davis (18) was arrested at his home on the Shetland Islands by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's e-crime unit as part of an investigation into hacking groups LulzSec and Anonymous.
The alleged hacker is said to use the online nickname "Topiary" and present himself as a spokesman for the two groups.
He faces five charges, including conspiring to carry out a distributed denial of service attack on the police agency.
Such attacks see websites flooded with traffic to make them crash.
Mr Davis is also charged with gaining unauthorised access to a computer system, encouraging or assisting offences and with two counts of conspiracy to commit offences.
He appeared in custody at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London to face the charges and was released on bail.
Mr Davis, wearing a denim shirt with black T-shirt underneath, spoke only to confirm his personal details.
He will next appear at Southwark Crown Court again on August 30.
LulzSec has also been linked to hacking attempts on the NHS, Sony, and 'The Sun' newspaper.
The charges faced by Mr Davis are also linked to a security breach at Sony's offices in San Diego, US, in which the bank details of customers of the computer giant were accessed, prosecutor Rav Chodha said.
In addition, the court heard Mr Davis is accused of being involved in the hacking of the East London National Health Service Foundation Trust website.
The teenager, whose mother attended court, was bailed to an address in Spalding, Lincolnshire, where she lives.
One of his alleged co-conspirators is Ryan Cleary (19), of Wickford, Essex, who was charged last month with five offences under the Criminal Law and Computer Misuse Acts, including an alleged hacking attack against the Serious Organised Crime Agency's website.