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Man Jailed For His Role In Hacking Group

Friday May 17 2013


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A MAN has been jailed for 30 months for his role in a 2011 hacking group.

Ryan Ackroyd, 26, from Mexborough, was one of four members in LulzSec, a group which committed a series of high-profile cyber attacks.

Ackroyd, a former soldier, was responsible for redirecting visitors trying to access the Sun newspaper's website to a fake story about Rupert Murdoch committing suicide.

He also admitted stealing data from Sony.

Ackroyd was the ring leader of the small group, choosing targets and directing the efforts of his accomplices, Ryan Cleary, Jake Davis and Mustafa al-Bassam.

Targets included Sony, the NHS, gaming giant EA, News International and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.

The actions of the group were "cowardly and vindictive", said Andrew Hadik, a lawyer for the Crown Prosecution Service.

"This case should serve as a warning to other cyber criminals that they're not invincible," he said.

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Reply Posted by Rothschild on Friday May 17 2013 at 10:34
Lulzsec arn't cyber criminals...they should get medals

Reply Posted by Dave on Saturday May 18 2013 at 08:49
So stealing personal data of innocent people and distributing it isn't criminal to you?
I enjoyed them hacking the Scum newspaper. Nicking data to be used by fraudsters was a step too far.

Reply Posted by Believer of Bob on Friday May 17 2013 at 12:06
i guess only way to test anti hack systems is to hack it

Reply Posted by Tom on Saturday May 18 2013 at 16:50
Shouldn't this guy be given help to create employment in the town and utilise our superfast broadband? You'd think the intelligence services would be keen to employ him to try and hack foreign systems.

Reply Posted by Kipper on Tuesday May 21 2013 at 20:08
Good on him, I say. I doubt he distributed the files, he was probably told that he would get a lighter sentence if he admitted to 'everything'.

Hacking is become a more and more valiant protest when our rights are being robbed before our eyes. I hope he's shown some mercy in his punishment.

Reply Posted by catherine on Wednesday May 29 2013 at 11:34
he was acquitted of fraud charges and is the only oneguaranteed not to be extradited.he built or rather cobbled together acomputer from parts as he could not afford to buy one .only motivation was boredom an obsession with the internet and its vulnerabilities.needs counselling not prison.