Lulzsec members plead guilty to UK court

In case you've been living under a rock for the last couple of years, Lulzsec is a quasi-hacktivist group, a little bit similar to Anonymous, but more focused on lulz. Such lulz include accepting hack requests via telephone, DDoSing the CIA, and bringing down EVE Online. Unfortunately for its members, things got a little less funny when their leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur, better known as Sabu , decided to join up with the FBI and help round up his former associates. Since then, we've been hearing occasional reports of a return, but mostly just a stream of arrests, pleas, and informants.

Ryan Cleary, a 19 year old from Essex (who, interestingly, was described as the 'mastermind' behind Lulzsec back when he was arrested last summer), and Jake Davis, from the Shetland Isles, both pled guilty to attacking and defacing several websites. Two other members, including one minor, also went before trial, but denied being involved.

Ryan Cleary

Meanwhile, Ryan Cleary is hardly out of trouble, since he'll be facing similar charges in the US as well, and might even face extradition. No matter how you spin it, things aren't looking good for what (if anything) is left of Lulzsec.

Image via: The Guardian

Source: BBC

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So glad this has come to pass. Idiots the lot of them, and I dont called ddos`n a site skillful. Big wow one of you had access to a botnet. Nor is using sql vulnerabilitys you got from google skillful.

All they did was bring down sites thru sheer pig headed opportunism .

Colicab said,
So glad this has come to pass. Idiots the lot of them, and I dont called ddos`n a site skillful. Big wow one of you had access to a botnet. Nor is using sql vulnerabilitys you got from google skillful.

All they did was bring down sites thru sheer pig headed opportunism .

Problem is: it shouldn't have been that easy.

dead.cell said,

Problem is: it shouldn't have been that easy.

shouldnt be but sadly it is. skiddys who use white hat tools are a dangerious combination. but look whos got the last lulz now.

nothing funny about what they did and no one will ever call them real hackers.
perhaps some ones should update wikipedas deffiniton of a script kiddy and add his mugshot to it.

McKay said,
I just want to grab a pen and connect the two dots on his chin....

I think those dots are actually Mr Potato Head style holes so that he can change his beard at will.

Put him away for a year to teach him a lesson about the law, then employ him.

Having "DDoSing the CIA, and bringing down EVE Online" on your CV is probably pretty good start for job hunting.

ShMaunder said,
Put him away for a year to teach him a lesson about the law, then employ him.

Having "DDoSing the CIA, and bringing down EVE Online" on your CV is probably pretty good start for job hunting.

Doubt it because the place that would care about those sort of credentials would know that there is nothing skillful about a DDoS. All it takes is resources.