LulzSec UK hacking suspect released on bail

After having to spend a couple of extra days in jail, the 19-year old UK resident accused of being associated with the LulzSec hacking group is now out but with some restrictions. The Daily Mirror reports that Ryan Cleary was granted bail today but has to have an electronic tag placed on his person. Cleary also has a curfew of between 9 am and 7 pm and cannot leave his residence without being accompanied by one of his parents. Cleary must also allow the police access to his home to ensure that he is obeying the conditions of his bail.

Cleary was first arrested a week ago today as part of a joint probe between the FBI and Scotland Yard. The law enforcement agencies have been investigating the LulzSec hacker group that ironically stated this weekend that it was abandoning its 50 day campaign of hacking civilian and government web sites. Cleary is accused of creating a denial of service attack on the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA). He is also accused of a number of other cyber attacks on various other targets. LulzSec has denied that Cleary was a part of its hacker group although it did admit that he has hosted one of LulzSec's chat rooms on his IRC server.

It was revealed in court on Saturday that Cleary suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, along with agoraphobia. His lawyer tried to get Cleary freed on bail at that time but the case's prosecutors objected to him leaving custody.

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One thing that really get on my back about this hacker... and that was on the news it said that a 19 year old teenager as arrested in the UK for hacking. 19 years old.is not a teenager. he's a young man not a teenager, at the age of 18 you can fight for king and country. Therefore, he's not a teenager is he.

Sorry for the moan.

First off he shoudl have been simply released. They can't charge him with any crime bec he didnt commit any. If the feds tried to do that here his rights would be violated. Obviously where he lives he doesn't have any.

Here in the USA, you must be charged with a crime with 24hrs of an arrest. if no charge the person has to be release, even if you rearrest him/her after they walk out the door.

If all he did was create a chat room for them to congregate and talk, they can't charge him with hacking anything because he hacked nothing. IRC is a public channel where ANYONE can make a room. Even if he purposely made the room for thsi group, where is his crime. He didn't aid anyone to hack. He aided in giving them a place to meet and talk BS.

You government is so screwed up. If it was me, I would be on my way to the first hardware store with bulk-cutters and cut off the bracelet and just disappear. I would clamp ot to my dog and chain him up and I'd be gone. The UK is a very very big place. I can't see how you could ever be found if u dont want to be.

Here in the USa, one man manage to keep away from feds for more than 40 years. He got caught only because he started coming outside inbroad day;ight where he could easily be spotted. All u have to do is find a women, shack up with her and dont get a job, at least under your legal name and ur set.

Although I do agree with Lulzsec and all that I do hope he gets what he deserves and gets the same punishment as the others and not get a lighter one because he has aspergers which is a poor excuse on a rainy day

Even if he isn't part of Lulsec, he helped them knowingly, which makes him just as guilty.
Good thing he has agoraphobia, because he won't be seeing the outside for quite some time after this goes to trial.

I do not think "IF" this helps. It's just some middleman, someone that helped to convey the words among other lulzec members.

If anything Lulzec will just continue, and well maybe not target Sony but FBI this time, Just for the "lulz"

As said, He is fairly innocent, Yes he is part of a group that Might be a threat to security, but he isn't someone ... that's creating the threat.

Just Sayin'

I don't see the point of bail....Might as well get used to prison early so that when the sentence gets handed down he'd be somewhat used to the idea of incarceration.

ManOfMystery said,
I don't see the point of bail....Might as well get used to prison early so that when the sentence gets handed down he'd be somewhat used to the idea of incarceration.

Innocent until proven guilty maybe?

ManOfMystery said,
I don't see the point of bail....Might as well get used to prison early so that when the sentence gets handed down he'd be somewhat used to the idea of incarceration.
Because you need time to pack and skip town!

.. then he's gonna bail out again, with a eletronic tag with a much larger bandwitdh channel and... I don't know the rest, but its not good.

MidnightDevil said,
He's just gonna DoS the eletronic tag and will be unable to send any signal to the police.

and the police will be knocking his door and back to jail.

Hacking the tag? no, its some form of wireless device that can tell where abouts you are in the house, how close you are to the receiver... and also the reciever has a phone attached, that recieves calls when you have to 'check in'

keith101 said,
Hacking the tag? no, its some form of wireless device that can tell where abouts you are in the house, how close you are to the receiver... and also the reciever has a phone attached, that recieves calls when you have to 'check in'

Plus "hacking" is an extremely loose term. It's a bit like saying a software engineer should be able to engineer a new building or car or something because he's an engineer and all engineers are the same.

He should be forced to spend his time at or doing the following: school, the zoo, history museum, getting a girlfriend, reading a book.

stormlifter said,
He should be forced to spend his time at or doing the following: school, the zoo, history museum, getting a girlfriend, reading a book.

You obviously don't know anyone with Asperger's...

Article said,
but has to have an electronic tag placed on his person.

( wrong English) But wouldn't he be able to hack the electronic tag too.

FMH said,

( wrong English) But wouldn't he be able to hack the electronic tag too.

He's not a hacker. He was (apparently) just a guy running chat rooms. All the FBI probably wanted was his chat logs/ip addresses.

FMH said,

( wrong English) But wouldn't he be able to hack the electronic tag too.

Its linked to a box in the home connected to a phonline, any messing with the box, police are alerted, any messing with the tag, same deal I believe. If he does hack/remove the tag, he will be locked up till his trial.

and cannot leave his residence without being accompanied by one of his parents

Surely most of the problem came from NOT leaving home and being on the internet all of the time...

CDav said,

Surely most of the problem came from NOT leaving home and being on the internet all of the time...

Isnt it ironic, they say nothing about banning him from using a computer ....

keith101 said,

Isnt it ironic, they say nothing about banning him from using a computer ....


probably tracking it now so if he did its just more evidence

keith101 said,
Isnt it ironic, they say nothing about banning him from using a computer ....

I read on the news that as part of his bail conditions he is banned from using any computers or mobile phones (automatic ban comes from abusing the computer misuse act)

keith101 said,

Isnt it ironic, they say nothing about banning him from using a computer ....

I thought in Europe the internet has been declared a human right?

bits said,

I thought in Europe the internet has been declared a human right?

Read the linked report: "He is not allowed to access the internet or possess any devices capable of going online". He has to get a life now.