UK Charges Teen with Cybercrimes

June 23, 2011

British police have filed charges against a teen suspected of involvement in cyberattacks on the CIA website.

Police said Wednesday 19-year-old Ryan Cleary has been charged with several offenses under the Computer Misuse Act.

One of the charges relates to bringing down the website of Britain’s Serious Organized Crime Agency – the U.K.’s FBI equivalent – using a flood of traffic hits, in what is known as a “distributed denial of service” attack.

Cleary was arrested Tuesday following a joint operation with the FBI. He will appear in a London court on Thursday.

The teenager is suspected of having ties to the Lulz Security hacking collective which has recently targeted Sony, the CIA website and the U.S. Senate computer system.

Was this article valuable?

Here are more articles you may enjoy.