Today Jake Davis, allegedly known as Topiary, the purported spokesman and frontman of the Infamous LulzSec hacker group, was heard by Westminster Magistrates’ Court on five charges, including conspiracy for the DDoS attack against the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s website, forced offline on June 20.
- Unauthorised access to a computer system, contrary to Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990;
- Encouraging / assisting offences, contrary to S46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007;
- Conspiracy with others to carry out a Distributed Denial of Service Attack on the website of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977
- Conspiracy to commit offences of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990, contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977
- Conspiracy between the defendant and others to commit offences of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990 contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977.
During the day more and more details were disclosed about the 18 years old boy, already released on bail, the most sensational of which are represented by “his personal cache of 750.000 passwords” found in his laptop during the arrest, but also by the fact that prosecutors have claimed that Davis’s laptop was found to contain the fake article announcing Rupert Murdoch’s death; the same article was published on The Sun Home Page during the famous hack on July, the 18th related to the phone voicemail scandal that has overwhelmed News Corp, leading News Of The World to end its publications.
But I must confess I was intrigued by other two details: Jake is defined an avid online chess player, and most of all, The Daily Mail defines him “an Autistic Shetland Teen”, even if it does not report any medical information in support of its argument, but only general evidence.
Jake Davis is the third UK Teen arrested as an alleged member of LulzSec, in June same thing had happened to Ryan Cleary, a 19-year-old from Wickford Essex, while on July, the 19th, a 16-year-old boy from south London was arrested and subsequently released on police bail pending further inquiries. He was believed to be Tflow, another member of the Lulz Boat.
Curiously Ryan Cleary, he also charged for the SOCA DDoS, was also found to suffer from Autism, a light form called Asperger’s Syndrome. As I already said, this kind of disease seem to be quite common between hackers, since it was also diagnosed to Gary McKinnon the author of the Ufo Hack. For sure, it is not a coincidence: probably since they have difficulties in interacting with humans, they use the saved brain resources for interacting with computers, although Topiary, the alleged LulzSec Identity of Ryan Cleary, has also shown great ability with words, astounding the world with the irony and the subtlety of its pastebin press releases.
This infosec summer is getting hotter and hotter…
Actually I cleaned it up a little bit in order to show only some of the events happened in 2011, which were inserted in the original matrix. As a reference I left some events of the previous years (inserted in the original matrix as well) in order to have a kind of normalization. They include the infamous Ufo Hacker, the Greek Cellphone Caper, and finally the Palin’s Email Hacking.
As you may easily notice, Stuxnet deserves the Top of the Rock for Innovation and Impact. The infamous malware (the terror the nuclear power plants) has divided the infosec community in different factions: those who consider the malware as the first example of next-gen cyber-weapons developed (maybe by Israel and the U.S.) to seriously damage and delay the Iranian nuclear program (whose development took at least ten years of work), or those who consider it the work of an amateur, a script kid, possibly an astronomer with knowledge of the Holy Bible. Regardless of the real origin, because of its huge exploitation of 0-day vulnerabilities (which make it really contagious) the malware has established a new level, and probably a new standard for the information security landscape.
The RSA breach ranks in a considerable position as well. As known, compromised seeds were used to attack several main contractors of U.S. Defense (L-3, at the beginning of April but disclosed at the end of May, Lockheed Martin, on May, the 22nd, and Northrop Grumman on May, the 26th). As I told in one few posts ago I am afraid that also the Mother of All Breaches, that is the breach of 24,000 files by a Contractor, happened in March but disclosed by Pentagon last week, may be somehow related to the RSA Breach. As a consequence of the latter breach, a classified US military weapons system will have to be redesigned. Because of the impact, this breach should also be included in the matrix.
Probably the effects of the Epsilon Data Breach have been underestimated, since it is likely that security concerns, in terms of phishing, for the owners of breached e-mail addresses will last for years.
Obviously the matrix could not miss the infamous Anonymous and LulzSec Hacking groups. Their actions are considered quite simple with a major impact for the Lulz Boat. The Anonymous group is perhaps unfairly considered only for DDoS, and probably the matrix was drawn before the events of the last days such as the Monsanto Hack performed by Anonymous (whose impact is quite huge and denotes a growing interest of the group towards social problems), or the Sun Hacking (at this link some technical details on the hack).
Finally a quick consideration, of course it is a coincidence, but I could not help noticing that the author of the Ufo Hack, Gary McKinnon, has been diagnosed with the Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of Autism. Curiously the same disease has been diagnosed to Ryan Cleary, the alleged LulzSec member arrested in U.K. on June, the 21st. Probably some individuals suffering of autism spectrum disorders establish with machines the links and relationships they are not able to establish with the other human beings. This explains in part why they are so able with hacking…
Again, thanks to Massimo for reporting this really interesting (and enjoying) link.
- The LulzSec Boat is Back (and sails under The SUN) (paulsparrows.wordpress.com)