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U.K. LulzSec Hackers Jailed for Attacks on Sony, Bethesda, Nintendo, and More

Posted on May 16, 2013 AT 08:49am

Four U.K. members of the hacking group LulzSec have been given jail sentences for their parts in the group’s cyber attacks on several companies.

The group targeted companies such as Nintendo, Bethesda, Sony, 20th Century Fox, the CIA, and the U.K.’s Serious Organized Crime Agency.

“It’s clear from the evidence that they intended to achieve extensive national and international notoriety and publicity,” prosecutor Sandip Patel stated. ”This is not about young immature men messing about. They are at the cutting edge of a contemporary and emerging species of criminal offender known as a cybercriminal.”

Ryan Cleary, Jake Davis, Mustafa al-Bassam, and, Ryan Ackroyd had all pleaded guilty at earlier court hearings. Cleary will serve 32 months and admitted to additional charges of hacking the U.S. Air Force and possessing images showing child abuse (which will be dealt with at a separate hearing), the BBC reports.

Ackroyd was sentenced to 30 months and Davis to two years. Al-Bassam got off the lightest receiving a 20-month suspended sentence.

Via: Eurogamer

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