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.