Two LulzSec Members Plead Guilty To DDOS Attacks

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Two LulzSec Members Plead Guilty To DDOS Attacks

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A pair of English LulzSec members admit they took part in DDOS attacks against Sony, Nintendo and others.

Today, Ryan Cleary, 20, and Jake David, 19, both told the Southwark Crown Court that they took part in the DDOS attacks on Sony, Nintendo, 20th Century Fox, the NHS and the British branch of News Corp. Cleary pleaded guilty to six of the eight charges laid against him, while David pleaded guilty to two out of four. Two other men, Ryan Ackroyd and an unnamed 17-year-old, pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

"Arrest us. We dare you," the (ugh) hacktivist group tweeted back in July of last year.

The authorities did exactly that. Several alleged members of the group were arrested after a joint investigation by Scotland Yard and the FBI.

Asperger's Syndrome sufferer, Cleary, who is being held in jail in the UK after breaching his bail conditions, was indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles. It's unclear, at this point, whether US authorities will push to have him extradited, but Cleary's lawyer says she would "fiercely contest" any attempts to do so.

"Cleary is a skilled hacker. He controlled his own botnet, employed sophisticated methods and his broad geographic scope affected a large number of businesses and individuals," an FBI spokesperson told Reuters back in June.

A UK judge has set a trial date for next April.

Source: Gameindustry.biz

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I don't know if I should be sorry for him or not.....

Evil Smurf:
I don't know if I should be sorry for him or not.....

I'm not. you live life on the edge, you handle the consequences like a man. They knew the law. they broke it and thumbed their noses at authority, but they weren't good enough to not get caught. Now it's time to man up and take what's coming.

The real story is that governments and major corporations somehow managed to get embarrassed by these kids. No, FBI, the fact that your people used the same passwords for their .gov accounts and their favorite porn sites doesn't make the people who exploited this "skilled hackers."

Is the inclusion of the Asperger's thing supposed to make people sympathetic to the guy? All that means is the guy has trouble with social interaction and an abnormally intense interest in a particular subject, not that he doesn't know right from wrong, or that he has superpowers, or that he's somehow not responsible for what he did.

They deserve whatever they get.

With the exception of Cleary getting extradicted to the US. US prisons are often inhumane, and extradiction to the US shouldn't be allowed on those grounds. Especially for someone with an autistic disorder. Let him serve his sentence in the UK instead.

Dastardly:
Is the inclusion of the Asperger's thing supposed to make people sympathetic to the guy? All that means is the guy has trouble with social interaction and an abnormally intense interest in a particular subject, not that he doesn't know right from wrong, or that he has superpowers, or that he's somehow not responsible for what he did.

Statistically, people with Aspergers are less likely to commit crimes and more likely to be the victim of them, interestingly enough. I did a load of research on the matter after I was diagnosed a few years back.

Kahunaburger:
The real story is that governments and major corporations somehow managed to get embarrassed by these kids. No, FBI, the fact that your people used the same passwords for their .gov accounts and their favorite porn sites doesn't make the people who exploited this "skilled hackers."

Reminds me a bit of this (http://xkcd.com/932/) xkcd strip.

As for the common passwords thing, I don't understand why that's embarrassing for them. I could've told you that a bunch of them are computer inept enough to do that well before it was comfirmed. It just goes without saying really.

Kahunaburger:
The real story is that governments and major corporations somehow managed to get embarrassed by these kids. No, FBI, the fact that your people used the same passwords for their .gov accounts and their favorite porn sites doesn't make the people who exploited this "skilled hackers."

For every bad ass agent there are probably five idiots who ruin everyone's fun :(

Why do all the hackers I read about end up being British? Does this country have some sort of hacker-child training programme or what?

Fappy:
For every bad ass agent there are probably five idiots who ruin everyone's fun :(

Some get paid to surf for bdsm porn fulltime though. I mean, how much more awesome do jobs get?

I sincerely hope the UK do not extradite him to the US since he seems to be a British citizen.

Well, at least America haven't actually nicked these (like that innocent guy a while back), and let us handle them.

Lethos:
Why do all the hackers I read about end up being British? Does this country have some sort of hacker-child training programme or what?

Well, I have seen a university course for 'ethical' hacking. No joke.

Ishigami:
I sincerely hope the UK do not extradite him to the US since he seems to be a British citizen.

Never stopped them before. Why start now?

Why does it matter if he goes to prison there or in the US if he's still going in prison anyway?

it's like they say, if you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

He broke his bail conditions? Welp, there goes the last little shred of sympathy from my side.

Edit] No, Aspergers is NO excuse to fuck up TWICE when facing the law hammer.

Ishigami:
I sincerely hope the UK do not extradite him to the US since he seems to be a British citizen.

The UK has no problems with trying to send Julian Assange to Sweden, and he's an Australian citizen. Why would they care about some misguided youth who hacked a few major corperations?

Clearly, being behind 7 proxies isn't enough.

Dastardly:
Is the inclusion of the Asperger's thing supposed to make people sympathetic to the guy? All that means is the guy has trouble with social interaction and an abnormally intense interest in a particular subject, not that he doesn't know right from wrong, or that he has superpowers, or that he's somehow not responsible for what he did.

I know. I have Asperger's and I think that inclusion was unnecessary. It's like including that one of them has insomnia.

If he was a skilled hacker he wouldn't have been caught.
DAM IT CAPTCHA I KNOW MY RIGHTS!

If they had actually had a point behind what they were doing, then I'd feel slightly sympathetic, but they were just bored kids who decided to be massive douchebags. If they had legitimately cared about the security of the targetted sites they would have not DDOSed, and they wouldn't have made public leaks of confidential information. Their case is about the only time when I've wanted someone to get a long sentence for hacking.

Hum, wonder why they pleaded guilty? Do they feel responsible? Is there a deal going on with the police? Are they arrogant as all hell? I'll probably never know.

Grey Carter:
"Arrest us. We dare you," the (ugh) hacktivist group tweeted back in July of last year.

The authorities did exactly that. Several alleged members of the group were arrested after a joint investigation by Scotland Yard and the FBI.

Epic Fail

Game Over

It would be one thing if they actually were fighting for something, but they were just doing whatever the hell they wanted. Nobody is going to believe that you're fighting for some greater cause when you're running around stealing people's credit card info.

I dearly hope they get the absolute worst punishment possible, and seeing how the credit card thing is a felony, that would mean some prison time.

Blablahb:

Fappy:
For every bad ass agent there are probably five idiots who ruin everyone's fun :(

Some get paid to surf for bdsm porn fulltime though. I mean, how much more awesome do jobs get?

I'm pretty sure that's subjective based on one's preferences...

Twilight_guy:
Hum, wonder why they pleaded guilty? Do they feel responsible? Is there a deal going on with the police? Are they arrogant as all hell? I'll probably never know.

It's likely they were in hearings/trials etc. And the possibility of enough evidence to pin it on them was high enough their lawyer recommended they plead guilty. Pleading innocence and then being found guilty results in harsher sentencing.

They didn't go up to the court houses and yell "hey, bitches look what we did!"

Yep.

2 down.... several, tens of thousands, to go...

I really hope they get the book thrown at them. It's bad enough that they were doing this out of boredom but they dared authorities to arrest them. Wish granted, you got busted. Welcome to serious prison time. I hope by the time they get out their hacking skills won't let them hack a pocket calculator.

So funny. Glad they got caught. What they dont realise is that once the police find them they just watch and wait and collect evidence and watch them dig there own graves. Just because they dont arrest you within 2 days of you committing your ddos attack, doesnt mean they dont know who you are and your ego is what allows the police to gain the evidence needed to put you away. What idiots.....kids trying to play in the adults sandbox.

DDOS attacks were the least of what they did. What about stealing and releasing people's information?

Time to put those hacking skills to use and break through the prison walls to freedom!

Am I the only one offended by the "Asperger's syndrome sufferer" comment?

I see a lot of people saying it was unnecessary (and I agree), but as far as I have seen most of us "aspies" manage to get along just fine once we've escaped that hell called Middle School. We're quite comfortable with our condition and not "suffering" at all, thank you very much.

good for them. Are they going white collar resort prison or federal pound me in the ass prison?

Fucking dicks. Hope they get everything that's coming to them. Who do they think they are taunting the police to arrest them? What did they think would happen? They thought they were immune from the law? Idiots.

I can't help to laugh at the irony to that tweet, not so tough now that they found and arrested you eh?

Quakester:
I really hope they get the book thrown at them.

That's not enough! I say...

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