26 Jun 2012

LulzSec Members Enter Guilty Pleas to DDoS Attacks on CIA, Sony


Two LulzSec members pleaded guilty on Monday to Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on organizations including the Central Intelligence Agency, Sony, Fox Entertainment Group, the Arizona State Police and SOCA (Serious Organized Crime Agency).

Ryan Cleary, 20, pleaded guilty to hacking into the Pentagon’s U.S. Air Force computers, along with three other charges related to similar attacks on several corporations. Jake Davis, 19, admitted to the same DDoS charges that targeted companies like Sony, Nintendo, News International, Arizona State Police, HBGary Federal and PBS.

Both hackers still face charges related to publishing confidential data on PasteBin and Pirate Bay, however the trial is scheduled for April 8 2013. Adding Ryan Ackroyd, 25, and an unnamed 17-year old, to the hacker group, the conspiracy charges against them will be debated on the same date as Cleary and Davis.

Cleary faces extradition in the U.K, but his attorney claims that she will "fiercely contest" as her client has Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. The four pleaded not guilty to charges of assisting or encouraging others to engage in computer crime, but are accused of divulging confidential data on public websites, said Gryff Waldron.

Besides stealing passwords and hijacking email accounts, the group is accused of eavesdropping on a conference call between the FBI and Scotland Yard, in which they discussed plans to apprehend the hackers.