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Originally posted by purplemer
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Exclusive: British Police Duped by LulzSec Into Arresting the Wrong Guy
A teenager alleged to be a leading member of the LulzSec hacking group had 750,000 people’s personal details on his computer system when he was arrested, a court heard.
Jake Davis, 18, used a network of 16 machines at his home in the Shetland Islands, the prosecution said this morning.
He spoke only to confirm his name and address, and was granted conditional bail at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Wearing jeans, a black T-shirt, denim shirt and sunglasses, he carried a book, “Free radicals: The secret anarchy of science”, as he left court.
Davis was arrested on Wednesday by specialist cyber crime detectives from Scotland Yard. He was bailed until a Crown Court hearing on 30 August, on the conditions that he wears an electronic tag and does not access the internet.
The alleged hacker faces five charges including conspiracy to mount a cyber attack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s website. It was forced offline on June 20 after a denial of service attack, which overloaded its servers with traffic.
He is accused of using the online alias “Topiary” to play a leading role in LulzSec. It emerged in April after splintering from Anonymous, a more politically-motivated hacking collective, and claimed credit for a string of cyber attacks on high-profile targets, including the CIA, Sony and News International.
Topiary was believed to be the group’s main spokesman, giving media interviews and using the LulzSec Twitter account to boast about its exploits in nautical-themed language.
Topiary’s own Twitter account was almost completely wiped on 22 July to leave a single message proclaiming that “you cannot arrest an idea”.