Accused SOCA attacker reportedly 'keen' to help cops
Bail rejected at Thursday hearing
A 19-year-old UK man accused of taking part in an attack on the website of the Serious Oranised Crime Agency was denied bail during a brief court hearing on Thursday.
Ryan Cleary didn't enter a plea to the five offenses Metropolitan Police leveled against him on Wednesday, according to media reports. The judge at the Westminster Magistrates' Court ruled there was insufficient information to set bail and scheduled another hearing for Saturday morning. He is being held at the Charing Cross police station in central London.
Cleary's lawyer told the AFP that the Wickford, Essex-based man "has been assisting with police inquiries so far and is keen to continue doing so." The Guardian reported that FBI agents have arrived in Britain and may be given access to evidence collected by UK police.
Cleary was arrested on Monday and has remained in police custody ever since, as authorities investigate a string of DDoS, or distributed denial-of-service, recent attacks that have hit a variety of sites, including one belonging to the Central Intelligence Agency.
The five offenses leveled against Cleary on Wednesday included participation in DDoS attacks against SOCA, the British Phonographic Industry, and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Two additional charges accuse him of helping to construct a botnet for the purposes of mounting DDoS attacks and supplying a botnet to assist in the commission of unspecified offenses. ®
People just don't see the hurt they cause though, they just get wrapped up in the cause and forget about all the punters with chugging slow computers and businesses employees/customers.
Lets hope the sentence is proportional to the crime though i.e. less than murder and lets try and keep him away from the yanks eh.
I have a dream
I dream that one day, people accused of technical crimes such as these will be tried by a panel of technical experts, rather than Joe Plebb off the street who classes anything beyond the power switch as "computer hacking".
Well, we all know.
We all know by now that it is easier to be a tough guy sitting at your computer than it is, for example, to be a tough guy while being escorted to the offices of the local constabulary, or standing in front of a judge in a real court of law.
I'll bet "keen" doesn't half describe his new-found attitude.