Hacktivist suspect on bail
The alleged hacktivist arrested by the Metropolitan police last week on the Shetland Islands has appeared in court in London and been released on bail. The 18-year old suspect, identified as Jake Davies, is said to have been a spokesman for the hacker groups LulzSec and Anonymous. Davies, who only spoke in court to confirm his name and address, was placed on conditional bail and is now due to return to Crown Court on 30 August. He will be required to wear an electronic tag and not access the internet while on bail.
He faces five charges, according to the Metropolitan Police, including unauthorised access, encouraging and assisting offences, conspiracy to carry out a DDoS attack on the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and other conspiracy offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Under the nickname "Topiary", he is said to have played a part in a number of attacks on high profile targets. The police say that Davies had sixteen systems at his Shetland Islands home which contained login details of hundreds of thousands of people. It is alleged that he was also involved in the placing of a fake news item on the death of Rupert Murdoch on The Sun's web site.