Accused Sony Hackers Plead Guilty
Two of the hackers suspected of numerous malicious (and, frankly, hilarious) DDoS attacks in 2011 have pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to do an unauthorised act or acts with intent to impair, or with recklessness as to impairing, the operation of a computer or computers. Ryan Cleary, 19, and Jake Davis, 18, made their pleas today at Southwark Crown Court in London; they also admitted being members of the hacker collective Anonymous and splinter group LulzSec.
Cleary was arrested in June, 2011 as part of the aftermath of the infamous Sony hack that brought down the PSN earlier that year. Davis was arrested soon after. The duo confessed to a string of attacks on sites ranging from Westboro Baptist church, Bethesda, Eve Online, PBS Inc, Sony, Nintendo, Arizona state police, and the CIA. Cleary separately admitted attempts to hack into Pentagon-based US Air Force computers. They both pled not guilty to the charge of posting “unlawfully obtained confidential computer data” online.
Tow of Cleary and Davis’ alleged accomplices have denied all charges. A trial has been set for April, 2013.