Teenager admits cyber attacks

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A TEENAGER has admitted hacking into a string of high profile websites, including the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Jake Davis was bailed to his mum’s home in Spalding after appearing at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court last August on five charges.

Earlier this week he appeared at Southwark Crown Court where he admitted conspiring to carry out a “denial of service” attack on the crime agency and hacking the NHS website.

He and Ryan Cleary (20) denied other charges relating to obtaining confidential data and posting on other sites such as Lulzsec.

Davis, who was living on the island of Yell in Scotland at the time of the offences, was caught after a Metropolitan Police investigations into the hacking groups Lulzsec and Anonymous, which have been linked to a number of cyber attacks on government agencies and multi-national companies.

Davis was said to have used the online nickname Topiary and presented himself as a spokesman for the two groups.

Lulzsec has also been linked to hacking attempts on Sony and The Sun newspaper.

Such attacks see websites flooded with traffic, causing them to crash.

Davis was also charged with gaining unauthorised access to a computer system, encouraging or assisting offences and two counts of conspiracy to commit offences.

At last August’s hearing, Davis was given a 10pm to 7am curfew and ordered to wear an electronic tag. He is not allowed to access the internet through a computer or mobile phone.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is now to decide whether Davis and Cleary should face trial. The case has been adjourned to July 12.