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UK Hacker Given Parole, Must Stay Off The Internet

Alleged teen hacker Ryan Cleary has been granted bail on a condition that he does not access the Internet from any source.

Cleary's lawyers argued for his release as he has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of Autism, Sky News (opens in new tab) reports.

However, due to the immediate objection by the prosecutors, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith granted him bail on the condition that he abides by the curfew from 9am to 7pm, wears the electronic tag on his leg and does not access the Internet from any device.

The judge has also ordered Cleary, who suffers from agoraphobia, not to leave his home without one of his parents.

LulzSec, the group behind recent infamous cyber attacks in Europe and the United States has denied that Cleary held a key position in their organisation, saying that he was at most a peripheral figure.

The teenager was arrested during a combined investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Scotland Yard from his house in Essex. Cleary has been charged for hacking government websites of the British Phonographic Industry, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

LulzSec has since declared that it only intended to be active for 50 days and that it has now disbanded, having already hit 50 days of activity.