Fourth LulzSec member pleads guilty to Sony, Nintendo attacks

Ryan Ackroyd to be sentenced along with fellow hackers in May

A fourth member of the LulzSec hacker group has pleaded guilty to attacks on websites owned by Sony and Nintendo, among others.

According to a report on Bloomberg, 26 year-old Ryan Ackroyd entered a plea of guilty at a hearing in London yesterday. Ackroyd had previously denied any involvement with the attacks, but he will now be sentenced along with fellow LulzSec members Jake Davis, Mustafa Al-Bassam and Ryan Cleary on May 14.

Prosecutors stated that Ackroyd was instrumental in attacks on Sony, Nintendo, Twentieth Century Fox and the National Health Service between February and September 2011.

"They turned to him for his expertise as a hacker," said Sandip Patel, a prosecutor at the hearing.

LulzSec was one of the most prominent hacker groups in the world, following a series of high-profile attacks on government and commercial targets. However, the group disbanded in June 2011, around the time of Cleary's arrest.

"Behind the mask, behind the insanity and mayhem, we truly believe in the AntiSec movement," a statement released by the group read. "We hope, wish, even beg, that the movement manifests itself into a revolution that can continue on without us."

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Tyler Moore Game Designer & Unity Developer 7 years ago
What kind of sentence do they give for this in America? Fines, Community Service, Jail Time?
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abra Cadabra Remove me please 7 years ago
Hooligans with brains instead of fists.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 7 years ago
In the US they would get very little jail time(if any) for cyber attacks UNLESS they attacked government sites. Then they'd get jail time and might even be forced to work for the government to reduce that jail time.
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Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart7 years ago
5 years.
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development7 years ago
The guy is clearly a threat and hasn't shown any remorse, so he'll presumably find a way to continue his activites when he next can. Which means he should be shot imo. cue liberal backlash.
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee7 years ago
Which means he should be shot imo. cue liberal backlash.
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Spike Laurie International Digital Games Coordinator, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment7 years ago
Adam. Rule number one. Don't feed the troll.
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