LulzSec hackers plead guilty to attacks on Sony, Nintendo, more

Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis, and Mustafa al-Bassam all admit to plotting to hack Sony, 20th Century Fox, Nintendo, and other organizations in 2011.

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Three members of hacker group LulzSec have pleaded guilty in a British court to carrying out cyberattacks against various media and entertainment companies and the U.K. National Health Service, according to media reports.

Ryan Ackroyd, 26; Jake Davis, 20; and Mustafa al-Bassam, 18, today all pleaded guilty to a computer hacking-related charge at Southwark crown court in London. They will be sentenced May 14 along with Ryan Cleary, who pleaded guilty to cyberattacks last year.

Ackroyd, who went by the hacker name "Kayla," admitted to trying to hack into several Web sites, including Sony, Nintendo, News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox, and the Arizona State Police between February and September 2011. Davis and al-Bassam admitted to plotting to hack the sites of several law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and the U.K., including the CIA and the Serious Organized Crime Agency. The attacks took place between February and September of 2011.

LulzSec came on the hacking scene in 2011 in a big way, targeting Sony, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, and FBI, among many other groups. The group also targeted Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal, after they stopped allowing individuals to provide financial support to WikiLeaks. Just as suddenly as it appeared, the group announced in June of that year that it was leaving the hacking world, saying that its time was up.

In March of 2012, the FBI arrest several members of LulzSec and Anonymous. Law enforcement officials were able to nab the hacker group members after their former leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur, turned on them.

(Via The Guardian)

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