Computer Rental News: Essex Teenager a Piece of the LulzSec Puzzle

Photo Credit: Steve Meddle / Rex Features

Now who would have thought one of the masterminds behind infamous hacking group, LulzSec, would be a 19-year-old kid from Essex?

Well, one of the alleged mastermind-hackers striking fear into the hearts of governments and major corporations worldwide, that is.

Ryan Cleary was taken from his home in Wickford, Essex and arrested under suspicions of five hacking offenses that now have him under lock-down through combined U.K./U.S. efforts.

Cleary was formally charged with a cyber-attack against Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) at the City of London magistrates court on Monday.  The attacks in question occurred in November 2010 on the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, and the British Phonographic Industry just  a month before that.

His affiliation with LulzSec has sent a buzz all over the world, as the hacking group has flustered major entities to the like of the American CIA, the U.S. Senate, and electronics major Sony.

Although Cleary’s charges in the U.K. take precedence over extradition requests from the U.S., the number of FBI officials pouring in suggest that Washington officials think otherwise, according to The Guardian.

Police are now combing through Cleary’s computer equipment in search for further evidence that may incur additional charges, district judge Quentin Purdy told Cleary in court.

Sometimes, covering industry topics for a company offering computer rental services like Hamilton Rentals can kick up some pretty interesting local news. As was mentioned before, who would have thought a piece of the very complex puzzle of LulzSec would be in this quaint Essex home?


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