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…
Probably LOIC is not so safe as it was supposed to be.
Yesterday FOX News (curiously the American province of the Murdoch Empire which had suffered an hacking attack by the Lulz Boat the day before) was the first to report of three FBI Raids at the New York homes of three suspected members of notorious hacking group Anonymous early Tuesday morning. Later on the same day more details came clear, including the fact that the raids were part of a wider ongoinhg operation involving, to date, more than 35 search warrants issued by FBI (for a total of 75 searches to date), after which sixteen suspected members of Anonymous were arrested in Florida, New Jersey and California (more details in the official FBI press release including the names of the arrested individuals).
The arrested individuals were considered responsable for the DDoS attacks against Visa, Mastercards, PayPal and more, after the companies decided to suspend donations for WikiLeaks.
In the same hours, again according to Fox News, officers from the Metropolitan Police’s E-Crime Unit in London arrested a 16-year-old boy in South London Tuesday afternoon, on suspicion of breaching the Computer Misuse Act. The suspected individual could be Tflow, a key member of the infamous hacker group LulzSec, and he has beeen charged of the Infragard hacking, an affiliate to FBI, on June, the 3rd 2011.
If we exclude the arrest of the alleged Lulzsec member, as I already suggested, probably in many cases the alleged Anonymous members are “Would-be” hacker, recklessly involved in hactivism campaigns on the wave of enthusiasm butwithout the necessary skills. This explains the low average age of the teens purportedly involved. As a confirm I found this interesting post on ReddIt in which a family man tells, triggering the predictable comments from taxpayers, of an FBI in his house with a search warrant (20 agents, guns drawn) because they seemed to believe his 13 year old son was an integral part of the ANON ddos attack on Paypal (I must confess that for an European grown with Sci-Fi U.S. Movies like I am, the imagine of 4 cars and a black van filled with FBI agents invading a common house is priceless). It looks like this is not the only example.
No One has ever been arrested for using LOIC? Not anymore…
- No One has ever been arrested for using LOIC (paulsparrows.wordpress.com)
- FBI searches homes of suspected Anonymous hacktivists in New York (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)