Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Teenager to face court over hacking

The property in Wickford, Essex, where Ryan Cleary was arrested

A British teenager accused of carrying out a hacking attack against the website of the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) is due to appear in court.

Ryan Cleary, 19, is also accused of launching attacks on the websites of music bodies the British Phonographic Industry and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

He will appear from custody at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with a total of five offences under the Criminal Law and Computer Misuse Acts.

Cleary was arrested at his family's home in South Beech Avenue, Wickford, Essex, on Monday as part of a Scotland Yard and FBI probe into LulzSec, a group which has claimed responsibility for hacking attempts on Soca, the US Senate and the CIA.

LulzSec has denied that the teenager was a member of the group.

Cleary is charged with conspiring with other people on or before June 20 to create a remotely controlled network of zombie computers, known as a "botnet", to carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, where websites are flooded with traffic to make them crash.

He is accused of launching a DDoS attack on Soca's website on June 20.

The teenager is also alleged to have carried out similar attacks against the British Phonographic Industry's website on October 29 last year and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's website on November 28 last year.

Soca, the British Phonographic Industry and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry all have their headquarters in London.

It is understood that investigations are continuing into other alleged hacking attacks in the UK and abroad.

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