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UK police have charged an 18-year-old with hacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency's (Soca) website as part of an ongoing investigation into the infamous LulzSec and Anonymous hacktivist crews.

Jake Davis, who allegedly used the online nickname Topiary and acted as a spokesman for the groups, will face five computer hacking charges at a hearing at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday.

The rap sheet includes a charge related to participating in denial of service attacks that floored Soca's website in June.

Davis, who was arrested in the Shetland Islands last week, is the second person to be arrested over attacks on Soca's website, following the arrest of Ryan Cleary, 19, of Wickford, Essex, last month. A 16-year-old teenager from South London was arrested and questioned by police around the same time as Cleary's arrest and bailed to return in late August, pending further inquiries.

Officers from the Central Police eCrime Unit also questioned, but did not arrest, a 17-year-old teenager from Lincolnshire last week as part of the same ongoing investigation. ®

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