Four Accused LulzSec Hackers Appear In Court

Ryan Cleary, Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis and a 17-year-old male appeared in a British court May 11, and were told they have to return June 25 to enter pleas for indictments on various computer-related crimes.

Four of the eight counts listed in an updated British indictment Friday were levelled solely on Cleary, the founder of the current version of Encyclopedia Dramatica. He is accused of supplying a botnet — or a network of thousands of infected computers that can be used to paralyze websites — to others, and operating one himself to attack the website of DreamHost, a web hosting company. He is also accused of “installing and/or altering computer programs” on computers at the Pentagon controlled by the U.S. Air Force, between May 1 and June 22, 2011.

On May 2 2012, a US Federal indictment was made public outlining computer crime-related charges against alleged Lulzsec members Jeremy Hammond of the US, Donncha O'Cearrbhail and Darren Martyn of Ireland, and Jake Davis and Ryan Ackroyd of Britain. Of particular interest is the mention of an anonymous, unindicted co-conspirator on page 23. The indictment itself can be found at Cryptome.

In related news, MLT, an unnamed 17 year-old member of TeaMp0isoN from Newcastle was arrested by local police on May 9 on suspicion of offenses under the Computer Misuse Act.

The arrested teen was described by Scotland Yard as being the “spokesperson” of TeamPoison.

"He has been taken to a local police station for interview. Computer equipment has been seized and is undergoing a detailed forensic examination," the statement read.

If this paste is to be believed, MLT is a customer of srsvps, a business run by the principals behind The supposedly bullet proof, offshore srsvps is not much protection if one's computers, or the home computers of one's co-conspirators, are seized.