Three British members of the LulzSec “hacktivist” hacking circle, responsible for cyber attacks on the Sony, Nintendo, the NHS, CIA, 20th Century Fox and News International, have pleaded guilty to computer hacking charges.
Ryan Akroyd, 26, admitted to the Southwark Crown Court to one count of carrying out an unauthorised act to impair the operation of a computer during the spree of attacks that rocked the web back in 2011. Akroyd would have faced a trial for the above offences.
Speaking of Akroyd, Crown Prosecutor Prosecutor Sandip Patel told the court: “He was the hacker, so to speak; they turned to him for his expertise as a hacker.”
Also pleading guilty were co-defendants Mustafa Al-Bassam, 18, and Jake Davis, 20, also known in hacking circles as Topiary.
Sentencing will be laid down on May 14.
The latest LulzSec developments follow the arrest and charging of Ryan Cleary, 21, who pled guilty to six computer hacking charges last June.