Teenager now charged over LulzSec website attack

A 19 year old teenager from the English county of Essex, has been charged by police over the attack that occurred on Monday against the United Kingdom's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) website. The name of the individual, which has been circulating in the past 24 hours, is confirmed as Ryan Cleary.

The BBC News website reports that the arrest is in regards to this attack and a previous attack that Mr Cleary was involved in, back in October last year. He's previously now known to be involved in the attack of the British Phonographic Industry's website. The specific crimes he's been charged with involve the Criminal Law Act and Computer Misuse Act under UK law. Mr Ryan Cleary will make an appearance in court tomorrow at the City of Westminster Magistrates court.

The attack specifically was not focusing on accessing server files as LulzSec has done in the past, but to simply overload the general operations by using a botnet to send a distributed denial of service attack to SOCA's website. In Mr Cleary's case, despite claims by LulzSec that he was not part of the leadership, there is evidence to suggest he supplied or maintained a botnet on behalf of the hacking organisation.

Yesterday at Neowin, we covered the story of his arrest however with the fact that this individual has been charged, it emphasises that governments are going to be taking attacks such as this very seriously. Over the past few weeks, there has been a significant amount of press coverage on Anonymous and LulzSec amongst other cybercrime issues. In doing so, several western world governments have said that any cyberattack unleashed on their country's infrastructure would be dealt with in all seriousness and in the United States' case, conventional warfare.

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Its sickening some people posting here who think what they are doing is just fine. You have to be one lame person in life to think that.

They are just hiding behind their excuse of trying to expose security holes. Anyone with common sense knows that is complete BS. Whats the point of taking down gaming servers then? Costing customers and business money over it. Or attacking magnets.com. Or making an extortion attempt on a business (which of course they deny because they know they are in big trouble for it if they get caught).

Anyone helping them do this is just as guilty and probably will end up having the police knock at your door, while Mr. Lulz sits hiding away in his house getting other people to do his dirty work.

Mr. Lulz seems to think its ok to expose the personal information of everyone else in life, except himself.

I have always been in support of hackers in the past, but Lulzsec just plain angers me for what they have done. They are going to make things worse for everyone.
As for the hacker in this IRC chat room, well fact is he was hosting the gathering place where they committed this crime... that makes him just as guilty. And he did host their room because Lulzsec even said he did.

*sigh* there is no solid proof about him being linked hacking wise to LulzSec there is nothing linking him to LS with the SOCA attack. Yes he may have supplied them with a botnet.. however stop saying he is charged with connection to Lulzsec.

HE WASN'T. 2 of his charges are from last year. There is no proof he worked with LS to hack SOCA. If I hacked SOCA, then Lulzsec hacked SOCA does that mean I am linked to them? No, it means we did the same thing on our own. That's quite possibly what happened.

Also, Ryans details have been available for quite some time, longer than the Lulzsec exposed blog. So no, it wasn't because of them.

Here's something for some of you Lulzsec supporters around here. Do you think they really protect their supporters no matter what? Well they say they do until you're arrested and charged. Then it's a whole different story.

When it was said that Ryan would be arrested soon, they were denying he did anything other than ran one of their irc servers and that he had no real skills. Once he's arrested and charged, whole different story:

LulzSec - Interesting -they charge him with the SOCA attack, maybe he hit SOCA after we did? It was suspiciously down again after we let it up.

Now he suddenly has the skills to take down sites all by himself. They admit they did it once before, but it was him and him alone that did it the other time. They straight up pointed the finger at him when actual charges come into play. They also imply he has the skill to do it alone, if true then that confirms he does in fact have access to a botnet which they also denied originally.

These are the people some of you are supporting. Get arrested and watch how fast they laugh and turn on you.

Supporting them doesn't mean I actually do what they do. Save your rant for another soap box perhaps.

I support them and there actions. Yet I will NEVER be arrested for this.

UndergroundWire said,
I support them and there actions. Yet I will NEVER be arrested for this.

the only outcome of their antics is a LESS free internet. there are thousands of ETHICAL people that do what they do without landing people in a lifetime of financial ruin and identity theft. Nice to see you support that.

AgentGray said,

the only outcome of their antics is a LESS free internet.

Which could be a good thing for the people below:

AgentGray said,

there are thousands of ETHICAL people that do what they do without landing people in a lifetime of financial ruin and identity theft.

lulzsec are not the only hackers, they are making this stuff public which could mean better security which means that the above quote won't happen to people anymore.

again, there is an entire industry dedicated to gray and white hat hacking--leading to hacking for the lulz AND advancement of security. They work with companies to fix issues without targeting end users. It's an established thing and millions of dollars are spent on it every month.

Lulz is doing nothing that thousnds of more skilled people aren't activly doing, better. What they are doing is burning the internet down hurting end users, just regular people, and what you're doing is watching them with glee. Go you.

AgentGray said,

the only outcome of their antics is a LESS free internet. there are thousands of ETHICAL people that do what they do without landing people in a lifetime of financial ruin and identity theft. Nice to see you support that.

So, if you claim for more freedom then, your *ahem* freedom could be restricted even more?

it make sense.

AgentGray said,
again, there is an entire industry dedicated to gray and white hat hacking--leading to hacking for the lulz AND advancement of security. They work with companies to fix issues without targeting end users. It's an established thing and millions of dollars are spent on it every month.

Lulz is doing nothing that thousnds of more skilled people aren't activly doing, better. What they are doing is burning the internet down hurting end users, just regular people, and what you're doing is watching them with glee. Go you.

OK I agree but obviously some people aren't going to these companies to fix/test their security, hence the issues.

I think the title should be changed. In the current way it gives a meaning that the teenager attacked "lulzsec"s website rather than what "lulzsec" has been doing these days.

thnok said,
I think the title should be changed. In the current way it gives a meaning that the teenager attacked "lulzsec"s website rather than what "lulzsec" has been doing these days.
I thought the same thing. I thought the story was about a man being charged for attacking LulSec's website.

thnok said,
I think the title should be changed. In the current way it gives a meaning that the teenager attacked "lulzsec"s website rather than what "lulzsec" has been doing these days.

Bad writing.

I bet Mummy and Daddy were not too happy to see the Met & Feds kicking the door down to arrest their little chav!

If you have a purpose and legitimate moral grievances which force your hand to such ends, then it's understandable. Lulzsec however are just being E-Chavs!

I hope they extradite his bitch ass.

SpyderCanopus said,
Kidnap our youth. We we prevail.

Are you implying 19's a child and that they're kidnapping him by...charging him with a crime they have probable cause /will need to prove he's committed? *sigh* you know what, if he's attacking random financial institutions for funzies...you might have a point.

I am Not PCyr said,
I wonder how he got caught..
I know most of these little pricks will turn on each other in a heart beat once the heat is on.

Http://lulzsecexposed.blogspot.com

They've all been outed for a while now and are getting more and more nervous as time goes by. If you know where to look to find any of them chatting, it's hilarious how nervous they are. These people are soo full of themselves they can't think straight and leaving a trail everywhere they go. Soo clueless that they can't see that some of the very people that are "helping" them, are just collecting more evidence on them lol.

This is where being an attention whore can screw someone over. They're too focused on getting into the media as much as possible, they can't focus on hiding themselves better.

Good evening, I'm from Essex
In case you couldn't tell, my given name is Dickie
I come from Billericay and I'm doing very well.

Farstrider said,
Good evening, I'm from Essex
In case you couldn't tell, my given name is Dickie
I come from Billericay and I'm doing very well.

good for you!