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PostSubject: U.K. Police Charge Hacker   Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:37 pm

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Authorities in the U.K. today charged a 19-year-old with using a botnet he controlled to take down the Web site of a national police unit.

The charges filed against Ryan Cleary followed his arrest Monday by the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit.

One security expert said Cleary's arrest, and the seizure of his computers, may lead authorities to members of LulzSec, the group that claimed responsibility earlier this week for taking down the Web site of the U.K.'s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

SOCA is responsible for, among other things, major computer crime investigations in the U.K.

Cleary, of Wickford, Essex, has been linked to both LulzSec and Anonymous, hacker crews that have used distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to knock government and business sites offline.

Today, Cleary was accused of building a botnet that has been used to launch several DDoS attacks since October, including the SOCA site on Monday.

"On or before the 20th of June 2011 you did conspire with other person or persons unknown to conduct unauthorised modification of computers by constructing and distributing a computer program to form a network of computers (a Botnet) modified and configured to conduct Distributed Denial of Service attacks," read the charge list.

Police also charged Cleary with aiming DDoS attacks at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) site last November and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) Web site last October.
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