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A 26-year-old British man pleaded guilty to one count of computer hacking today after admitting he was a member of Anonymous splinter group LulzSec.

Ryan Ackroyd, 26, from South Yorkshire, appeared at Southwark Crown Court, where he faced charges of launching attacks on the websites of high-profile companies including Nintendo, News International, 20th Century Fox, Sony Group and the NHS. He will not face trial on the count of operating a denial of service attack, which will lie on file.

Ackroyd will be sentenced next month along with two other men on similar charges.

Mustafa Al-Bassam, 18, from Peckham, and Jake Davis, 20, from Lerwick, Shetland, have previously pleaded guilty to computer hacking.

LulzSec is a group of hackers which broke off from Anonymous in 2011 and went on to claim a number of attacks, including an audacious hack on News International's website in which a story was put up falsely claiming that owner Rupert Murdoch had died.

It is also credited with attacks on the CIA and Fox News.

LulzSec hacker Ryan Cleary admitted to six counts of hacking, including an attack on computers at the Pentagon. ®

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