Sunday, July 31, 2011

U.K. releases name of LulzSec's 'Topiary': Jake Davis, 18

U.K. authorities have released the name of the suspect they believe to be "Topiary," the second-in-command of the hacker group LulzSec. He is reported to be 18-year-old Jake Davis, whom police arrested last week in the Shetland Islands.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2012While Scotland Yard has yet to post any new information about the case since they arrested Davis last Wednesday. However, in a Sunday blog post, Sophos' Graham Cluley detailed the five charges that Davis has been charged with:
  • Unauthorized access to a computer system, contrary to Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
  • Encouraging / assisting offenses, contrary to S46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007.
  • Conspiracy with others to carry out a Distributed Denial of Service Attack on the Web site of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977.
  • Conspiracy to commit offencss of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990, contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977.
  • Conspiracy between the defendant and others to commit offenses of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990 contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977.
Ironically, SOCA is a national law enforcement agency of the United Kingdom which assigned to investigate cybercrime. All right, it's not ironic; instead, it was obviously LulzSec's intent to target SOCA just for that reason.

Since Davis' arrest, there have been rumors floating about that the U.K. had arrested the wrong man. In posts to pastebin and other locations, some, including rival hackers, have purportedly outed Topiary, stating his actual identity is one Daniel Ackerman Sandberg, 23, a Swede.

However, prior to the arrest of Davis, the Twitter account of Topiary was wiped clean, save for one Tweet that said "You cannot arrest an idea." At the same time, LulzSec's website went offline. Neither has seen any activity since Davis' arrest.

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