Ryan Cleary, the 19 year old teenager arrested for hacking into the UK Serious Organised Crimes Unit website, has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome.
Cleary, who resides in Wickford, Essex, was picked up by the police following a joint investigation involving Scotland Yard and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The law enforcement agencies were investigating cyber attacks orchestrated by the hacker group LulzSec. The group has denied being associated with the Cleary and law enforcement has backed off the claim that he is a LulzSec member.
The alleged hacker’s lawyers told the court that Cleary suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.
According to an article on the BBC (opens in new tab), the court had granted bail to Cleary owing to his illness but it was protested by the prosecutors. The hacker remains in custody as of now.
Cleary has been accused of creating a botnet that was used to control the zombie network of infected computers that launched the distributed denial of service attack on the SOCA website.
He was also responsible for attacking the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry website in November 2010 and British Phonographic Industry website in October.