High-profile ‘web hacker’ in Spalding

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A TEENAGER accused of playing a part in hacking the websites of big names such as Sony, the NHS and The Sun newspaper is on bail and under curfew at his mum’s home in Spalding.

Jake Davis (18) is charged with a series of cyber attacks said to be committed from his bedroom in the Shetland Islands using the alias “Topiary”.

He is said to have been a leading member of LulzSec – a group which aimed to expose security flaws of major websites – and he is supposed to have obtained personal details of 750,000 people.

Along with six like-minded hackers, he is alleged to have flooded organisation’s websites with traffic to make them crash.

A fake story was also placed on The Sun’s website claiming that News International boss Rupert Murdoch was dead.

Davis appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday after being arrested as part of an international police investigation.

He faces five hacking charges but did not enter a plea. Each charge carries a possible ten-year jail sentence.

Judge Howard Riddle released Davis on bail to his mum’s home in Beech Avenue. He was banned from accessing the internet and placed under a curfew from 10pm to 7am and will wear an electronic tag. He is due to appear at Southwark Crown Court on August 31.

His mum Jenny, a care worker, is said to have moved to Spalding about a month ago. She declined to comment to the Spalding Guardian.