Ryan Cleary, British member of the hacking collective known as Lulzsec, could face 25 years jail in the US after being charged by a Californian court.
The court alleges that Cleary was instrumental in the DDoS attacks which wreaked havoc on companies like Fox, PBS and Sony. The young hacker is accused of building and controlling the botnet used to carry out the attacks, as well as stealing and publishing online confidential materials belonging to the targeted companies.
If found guilty on all counts, Cleary could face 25 years jail in a US prison.
That’s before Cleary has even faced charges in his homeland. In the UK, Cleary has been charged with carrying out a DDoS attack against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) in June 2011.
Cleary initially made bail on the condition that he be banned from the internet, but failed to uphold the agreement. In a nasty twist for Cleary, he attempted to contact a fellow Lulzsec member over the net, the superbly named Hector Xavier Monsegur AKA “Sabu”, who was in fact an FBI mole, ratting on Cleary.
Cleary now awaits a hearing on his possible extradition. He’s due in court on June 25th.