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Lulzsec Hackers Plead Guilty

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Posted June 25, 2012 - By Stephen Johnson

HACKERS movieTwo supposed members of the Lulzsec hacking group have pleaded guilty in The United Kingdom today. 19-year-old Ryan Cleary and 18-year-old Jake Davis admitted being members of Lulzsec, the group thought to be responsible for hacking Sony's PlayStation Network as well as other networks last year.

Cleary and Davis pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to do an unauthorized act or acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, the operation of a computer or computers, but they deny the charge that they posted "unlawfully obtained confidential computer data" on the internet.

Davis admitted launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on Web sites including Sony, Nintendo, News International, Arizona State Police, HBGary Federal and PBS. Cleary admitted to those charges, plus four more, including hacking into U.S. Air Force computers at the Pentagon. 

Cleary is wanted in the U.S. for hacking Fox, PBS and Sony Pictures. It's not clear whether the U.S. will seek to extradite him.

Two other people, 25-year-old Ryan Ackroyd and a 17-year-old whose identity isn't public, have denied the hacking charges.

The saga of how Lulzsec was infiltrated and broken apart by authorities is amazing tale, filled with the kind of cloak-and-dagger action, colorful character and betrayal usually reserved for spy movies. Read all about it right here.

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