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Alleged LulzSec Hacker Charged, Released on Bail

The UK police has filed charges against a teenage hacker suspected of carrying out attacks on Serious Organised Crime Agency's (Soca) website.

Jake Davis, the 18 year old hack who went by the screen name Topiary, will be charged with five counts of computer hacking crime. He is suspected to have carried out the Distributed Denial of Service attacks that brought down SOCA’s website.

Davis was arrested from Shetland Islands last week as a part of large scale police crackdown on infamous hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec. Before the hacker was arrested, his Twitter account was wiped clean save a single message, “You cannot arrest an idea”.

Davis was taken to court today where he was granted bail but with the condition of not accessing the internet and wearing a tag imposing a 10pm to 7am curfew.

SOCA’s website went offline after a massive DDoS attack carried out by LulzSec, which claimed responsibility for it on Twitter. The attack had come hours after the group had announced that it was disbanding and joining hands with Anonymous.

The teenager’s arrest comes after the police arrested 19 year old Ryan Cleary of Wickford, from Essex in June in connection with the attacks. A 16 year old was also arrested around the same time as Cleary, but he soon got out on bail.