LulzSec computer hackers jailed for a total of 7 years

16/05/2013

Ryan Cleary, Mustafa Al-Bassam, Jake Davis and Ryan Ackroyd were sentenced today at Southwark Crown Court for offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

Andrew Hadik, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said:

The actions of these LulzSec hackers were cowardly and vindictive. The harm they caused was foreseeable, extensive and intended. Indeed, they boasted of how clever they were with a complete disregard for the impact their actions had on real peoples lives.

Whilst aggressively protecting their own privacy and identities, they set out to hack and publish hundreds of thousands of innocent individuals private details. Companies also suffered serious financial and reputational damage. A senior executive of one American company lost his job and had to move his young family because of death threats.

Coordinating and carrying out these attacks from the safety of their own bedrooms may have made the group feel detached from the consequences of their actions.

But to say it was all a bit of fun in no way reflects the reality of their actions. They were in fact committing serious criminal offences for which they have been successfully prosecuted. This case should serve as a warning to other cyber-criminals that they are not invincible.

Sentences:

Ryan Cleary 32 months

Jake Davis 24 months

Ryan Ackroyd 30 months

Mustafa Al-Bassam 20 months, suspended for 2 years. 200 hours of unpaid work.