As reported last week, British authorities arrested the individual thought to be "Topiary", one of the founders of hacktivist group, Lulz Security. Today, Jake Davis, 18, was conditionally released on bail under orders which prohibit Internet access, enforce a 7:00am-10:00pm curfew and mandates an electronic ankle bracelet to monitor his whereabouts.
Shortly after the arrest, there were rumors that British authorities may have bagged the wrong person, however, they would seem to strongly disagree with those rumors. The Scotland Yard issued a press release Sunday and published the official list of offenses Jake Davis has been charged with. So far, Davis is accused of being involved in several high profile cyber-intrusions, not the least of which include News Corp. and Britain's National Health Service.
Source: Scotland Yard:
- Unauthorised access to a computer system, contrary to Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990;
- Encouraging / assisting offences, contrary to Section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007;
- Conspiracy with others to carry out a Distributed Denial of Service Attack on the website of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency contrary to Section 1 Criminal Law Act 1977;
- Conspiracy to commit offences of Section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990, contrary to Section 1 Criminal Law Act 1977;
- Conspiracy between the defendant and others to commit offences of Section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990 contrary to Section 1 Criminal Law Act 1977.
Prosecutors claim that items seized from Jake Davis' home included a Dell laptop running 16 virtual computers. Contained within the computer, authorities allegedly found details regarding an attack against Sony plus a list of hundreds of thousands of user logins. Despite the early indication that prosecutors may have stumbled upon a preponderance of evidence against Davis, they say there is still much left to investigate.
Is Jake Davis really "Topiary"? British authorities have said there is "no doubt". His appearance in court also did little to prove otherwise, sporting a pair of sunglasses indoors and reading a copy of "Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science" during his wait. When the prosecution struggled to pronounce "LulzSec", Davis reportedly grinned. They might have the right guy afterall.
Almost the same time at which Davis took to questioning, Anonymous took to Pastebin, issuing one of their uniquely colorful messages.
Source: @YourAnonNews on twitter
"If Scotland Yard succeeded in vanning Topiary, that is no shame or disgrace. Are not men and heroes killed but on the battlefields? But can the British, with their media, agents, tools, soldiers, and apparatus kill what Topiary lived and was vanned for?"
With one more Lulz Security founder down, that means only four core memebers are suspected to remain. Davis is expected to return to London on August 30 for his first hearing.