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A 19-year-old UK man accused of taking part in an attack on the website of the Serious Oranised Crime Agency was denied bail during a brief court hearing on Thursday. Ryan Cleary didn't enter a plea to the five offenses Metropolitan Police leveled against him on Wednesday, according to media reports. The judge at the …

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  1. Thomas 18
    Windows

    Bad times

    People just don't see the hurt they cause though, they just get wrapped up in the cause and forget about all the punters with chugging slow computers and businesses employees/customers.

    Lets hope the sentence is proportional to the crime though i.e. less than murder and lets try and keep him away from the yanks eh.

    1. Thomas 4
      IT Angle

      I have a dream

      I dream that one day, people accused of technical crimes such as these will be tried by a panel of technical experts, rather than Joe Plebb off the street who classes anything beyond the power switch as "computer hacking".

      1. ClareCares
        Unhappy

        Dreadful

        My heart goes out to the mother of this youngster. To have your son accused of a crime just for running a chat server. As a parent she has my sympathies.

        As a web developer I have to wonder when the FBI, and the Met police are going to go after Microsoft for the same things. They must run the servers for MSN which have to be a lot bigger than what ever Ryan was running. Surely this makes them much bigger criminals?

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          1. Anonymous Coward
            Thumb Down

            @above

            @Bullseyed

            Computer Misuse Act 1990?

            @Clare

            There is a difference between MSN and IRC. Also I believe that the folks of Anon and Lulzsec use IRC to control botnets?

            1. Your Retarded
              Thumb Down

              @Titus

              I also believe that terrorists use mobile phones. That does not mean that all people who use mobile phones are terrorists.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Thomas18

      I'm assuming the upvotes on Thomas18 are for the yanks comment?

      No crime was committed. If you leave your couch out at the curb, someone assumes it is garbage and takes it, your couch wasn't stolen. There is no reasonable expectation of privacy for data stored in plaintext.

      1. David Neil

        Not strictly true

        The couch analogy has a flaw.

        S.3(1) of the Theft Act 1968 states:

        ``Any assumption by a person of the rights of an owner amounts to an appropriation, and this includes, where he has come by the property (innocently or not) without stealing it, any later assumption of a right to it by keeping or dealing with it as owner.''

        While you may not have had the intention of permanently depriving the owner of their property, if you later became aware that they were indeed seeking recovery then you could be charged with theft.

  2. Turtle

    Well, we all know.

    We all know by now that it is easier to be a tough guy sitting at your computer than it is, for example, to be a tough guy while being escorted to the offices of the local constabulary, or standing in front of a judge in a real court of law.

    I'll bet "keen" doesn't half describe his new-found attitude.

    1. Scorchio!!

      Re: Well, we all know.

      "I'll bet "keen" doesn't half describe his new-found attitude."

      Eager? Desperate? There still has to be a proportionate punishment, one that deters future offenders. It's not enough to merely punish.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        And to rehabilitate?

        Perhaps a non-custodial sentence recylcing computers for developing nations

        1. Scorchio!!

          Re: And to rehabilitate?

          "Perhaps a non-custodial sentence recylcing computers for developing nations"

          My initial response was 'what an excellent idea'. However, the possibilities for raising armies of vengeful script kiddy armies made me uncomfortable with it. Perhaps undoing the damage done?

          1. Anonymous Coward
            IT Angle

            "Punishment"

            How about as punishment they put him in charge of all the government web sites. Surely he would do a much better job than the billions of dollars spent on "experts" who don't know shit about IT.

        2. Matt Bryant Silver badge
          Boffin

          RE: And to rehabilitate?

          Don't be silly! The gubbermints of the World are looking at the rising problem of skiddies and seeking a means to nip it in the bud. Anyone caught involved in the Lulzsec or Anonyputz activities is going to get the book, the bookcase and probably the whole library thrown at them, if only in the hope of sending a message to skiddies.

  3. Cormu
    Coat

    intresting

    so as we all asumed the geeky script kiddie now stripped of his anom is suddenlly very co-operative , lucky he has mummy with him to wipe his tears away.

  4. Mark 65

    WTF?

    Can you really hold someone in police custody for more than 48hrs for DDoS?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Stop

      You would be surpised...

      If the police think, or have grounds to believe that they can think, the attack on SOCA was targetted, and that there is a hint, just a whiff, of suspicion he attached a CIA site, then that comes under the Anti-Terrorism act. Its a pretty far reaching peice of legislation.

      For example, and this I know from expericence of dealing with the consequences: scan a passport, photoshop the image so the date of birth indicates your 18 (see, IT lessons worked very well for thsi kid), and HEY - your a terrorist. No, honestly, that is what happened. Teach him to try and sneak in to Glasto!

      Anon, to protect the guilty party!

    2. Peter2 Silver badge

      Yes.

      AFAIK, They can hold someone for 48hrs before charging them. After they have been charged with multiple criminal offences then they can be held while "helping the police with their enquiries" for a very, very long time.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yes.

      Its a crime. It causes damage.

      1. Arrrggghh-otron

        Causes damage?

        Really? Who is going to miss the SOCA website for a few hours?

        If you are running a website that makes money then you invest to protect it against things like DDoS and the innumerable script kiddies and bots that hit your servers constantly. If not then you take the rough with the smooth.

        Proportional defences relative to the worth of the resource.

      2. Mark 65

        Re:Yes - It is a crime. It causes damage.

        If I were to have an argument with you in the street and beat the shit out of you (a bit of a pasting but no gbh) in front of your kids I'd probably be treated more leniently than this dude. Who would you rather was free to walk the streets? The whole response to computer crimes is OTT *when compared to* other crimes.

    4. jonathanb Silver badge

      Yes

      Attacking military and law enforcement installations is terrorism, so they can hold him for 28 days.

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      28 days

      They'll find a way to tie this in to anti-terror legislation. He gets a month without charge.

      1. a cynic writes...
        Facepalm

        "He gets a month without charge"

        They probably could have done that but for the fact they've already charged him. The original article being about his bail hearing was a bit of a clue.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    FAIL

    Vulnerable, agoraphobe in a a UK prison

    What a stupid farce.

    This is just some silly teenager, probably has Aspergers (or something like it) who hosted a chat server. An IRC chat server, that's all.

    I was dismayed to see Channel 4 News imply that he was a some sort of leader/lynchpin. I expect this kind of crap from the Daily Fail.

    That said, he's an idiot IF he was involved in using LOIC or DDoS. Sounds to me, like he was a cheerleader. So, he wasted his life on a computer, at least it's better than vandalising bus stops and graffiti tagging his neighbourhood. FFS!

    Only gullible fuckers think that lulzsec/Anonymous has a hierarchy. I have a feeling they're going to come down hard on this kid to:

    1. 'send a message'

    2. Look competent at solving crime i.e. for PR.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Alert

      hosted an IRC server ?

      Is that all he did ? start an ircd process ?

      If so the charges of organising botnets might make sense (if you don't understand these things).

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Paris Hilton

      RE: "I was dismayed to see Channel 4 News"

      Channel 4 News is produced by ITN. The same producers of ITV News.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Even Worse ...

        ... Channel 4 thinks Gregory Evans is some kind of infosec expert.

        http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/01/31/ligatt_security_subpoena_quashed/

        http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/22/worlds_no_1_hacker/

    3. DavCrav Silver badge

      Of course

      "So, he wasted his life on a computer, at least it's better than vandalising bus stops and graffiti tagging his neighbourhood. FFS!"

      Actually, not of course. Instead of tagging a wall, causing a man to repaint it at a few hundred pounds of damage, he was involved in computer crime, which also has a monetary cost associated to it, likely significantly higher than hiring a painter and buying a can of Dulux.

      1. The Alpha Klutz

        criminal damage is good for the economy.

        Work is pretty slow for the guys who make bus stops until someone smashes one up.

        The "cyber security" industry must be worth millions, with thousands of staff. Someone has to do the damage that keeps those staff in clean clothes and doughnuts. Except for the clean clothes bit.

        It doesn't cost society anything, it actually generates wealth for society. Money doesn't disappear just because you spent it on fixing something.

        It costs society dearly when we allow a small number of individuals, mostly bankers, but other assholes as well, to collect millions of pounds they don't really need and then.... do nothing at all with it. Like they think taking money to the grave with them is some kind of funny joke. Well, it's not. Stop it.

      2. bean520
        FAIL

        Except he wasn't...

        ...he was hosting a chat server. There is no evidence he was actually involved in attacks

        1. a cynic writes...
          Facepalm

          "There is no evidence he was actually involved in attacks..."

          ...other than whatever is on his machine (currently in Police custody), his public statements six weeks ago when his name has been public knowledge, any network traffic intercepted since then and whatever he's telling the Police now in an effort to "co-operate".

          On the other hand we can definitively say that he was only hosting a chat server as an unnamed person with an axe to grind said so in a tweet. You can't get more solid evidence than that.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Thumb Down

          on the other hand

          what evidence that he wasn't? are you involved in the investigation? have you seen the evidence?

          1. a cynic writes...

            I've seen the chatlogs over at The Gruaniad...

            Quick summary: he isn't part of the LulzSec core group, they thought he was a useful nutter with a tendency to throw a strop and use his botnet to DDOS people.

            Genuine or fake, I would imagine he's been shown them by Inspector Knacker by now and if the assessment in the logs is accurate (and it's consistent with his medical history) he'll be spilling his guts in revenge.

        3. Matt Bryant Silver badge
          FAIL

          RE: criminal damage is good for the economy.

          "....It doesn't cost society anything...." I used to know someone that excused car-crime with the same idiocy - "it keeps people in a job, dunnit".

          It costs us ALL. I'll explain how for the economically-challenged. If it is a public entity (Police, CIA, etc) that is hacked, then taxes will spent on cleaning up after the cybervandals, fixing the problems they caused, hopefully fixing the security holes, and then on finding and catching the criminals. If it is a commercial company, then they claim from their insurance, which comes from the same companies that sell you your house/car/life insurance (and mortgage), so they recoup their costs by increasing their prices. If you have savings then they will be impacted by the increased costs to banks and other companies in tightening up their security and defending against said vandals. Taxpayer money still gets paid on catching the guilty.

          You are truly ignorant if you think cybercrime has no cost. A fail of epic proportions.

    4. a cynic writes...
      Coat

      A gullible fucker writes...

      Apparently I must be a "...gullible fucker..." as I always thought someone must be aiming all these instances of LOIC that the members of Anonymous were running, rather than it working from the collective unconscious. You live & learn.

      Anyway whilst I'll agree he is young & daft with the common sense of a whelk, he's a bit more than a cheerleader. At the start of May he was quoted in the bleeding Metro after his faction of Anonymous took control of AnonOps.net and AnonOps.ru, and he was outed in retaliation.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    WTF?

    "insufficient information"???

    “The judge at the Westminster Magistrates' Court ruled there was insufficient information to set bail and scheduled another hearing for Saturday morning.”

    How does this happen? Were some parties deliberately withholding information for some reason?

    “The Guardian reported that FBI agents have arrived in Britain and may be given access to evidence collected by UK police.”

    Could this be why they “botched” the bail hearing? Is the FBI going to be allowed to interrogate him before he’s released? I also suspect another extradition demand, the Merkins are desperate to get their hands on some poor sap for their show trial.

    1. BristolBachelor Gold badge

      show trial

      Don't forget that we are now talking about an act of "warfare". And an attack against the CIA could be called terrorism and warfare (after all, it's far worse than taking a picture of a double-decker bus!)

      If he's a script kiddie, expect the book to be thrown at him. If he really is good (why was he caught?) then maybe he can be let-off if he turns to the dark side.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Didn't plead either way

      It says he didn't plead guilty or non-guilty. Perhaps he's hoping that if he gives up enough people higher up the chain, they just might let him off the hook or lower charges to something that will just be a slap on the wrist.

      I'd guess this is why they haven't given bail, because he hasn't pleaded either way.

      And this isn't as simple as a DDoS against a rival gaming clan. The alleged attacks caused huge losses for the companies involved. And I'm sure they're looking into far more than just the DDoS attacks that they've released to the media.

      E.g there's allegations (outside of the court room) of much deeper hacks which could potentially be considered "national security" and therefore aren't being discussed.

      I'm personally fed up with reading 'oh but all he did was host an IRC server'. Read up a bit and find out the truth before you post here. I sat in those IRC servers watching and trolling for a long time, so I know the truth.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Flame

        @Didn't plead either way

        "I sat in those IRC servers watching and trolling for a long time"

        So you spent months spying on a psychologically disturbed teenager via the internet?

        My fucking hero.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Sure

          Yeah cos I have the same illness as him. At least I will have if I'm ever arrested for any kind of crime.

          I was in those chats in my spare time to try disrupt anon. efforts, and it was successful. It doesn't take that much to make those idiots paranoid and turn against each other. Which in turn draws them away from their pathetic attacks.

          I wasn't focussed purely on a certain alleged DDoSer but rather the group as a whole. I just happened to see a certain alleged DDoSer chatting away in the public and private rooms and setting LOIC targets for the sheep followers who installed the DoS software.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Didn't plead either way

        "I'm personally fed up with reading 'oh but all he did was host an IRC server'. Read up a bit and find out the truth before you post here. I sat in those IRC servers watching and trolling for a long time, so I know the truth."

        I claimed nothing of the sort and you would know it if you had read my comment properly..

        II hope you were more observant in your (fictitious?) fraternisations with these petty criminals on their IRC channel.

        I don't think he should be let off if he is in fact guilty, I believe he must get a fair trial here and suffer a proportionate punishment for any crimes he's commited, something he will not get if the Merking get hold of him.

        .

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Stop

      Let's not jump to conclusions

      I read the "Insufficient Information" part and at first thought it sounded odd too. However, it could be for all kinds of reasons.

      He might have threatened self harm in the past, so they may want to psychologically assess him; he might have said he doesn't know where is passport is, so they may have given him another couple of days to come up with it; his parents might need a day or so to confirm they can cover any bail conditions; if the court was considering stopping his internet access to prevent further communications with his alleged conspirators, they might need extra time to figure out how to do it; he might have said he feels threatened by alleged conspirators, so they may have to consider how to protect him.

      Not saying any of these are valid reasons, plausible or true, but there could be many perfectly reasonable situations where the court decides it needs more information before setting bail conditions.

      Let's not just assume that it's for Big Brother conspiracy purposes.

      1. Scorchio!!

        Re: Let's not jump to conclusions

        "He might have threatened self harm in the past, so they may want to psychologically assess him"

        The correct term is 'psychiatrically assess him'. Psychologists participate in MDT assessments, but their expertise is not psychiatry per se. The people who bear the greatest brunt are the two doctors required for non court sectioning and the approved social worker in psychiatry (yes, only one). However psychologists cannot and do not issue psychiatric diagnoses, only psychiatrists can do this.

        The difference between psychiatrists and psychologists; the former go to med school and then choose a specialised branch of medicine, psychiatry, and further specialise in, e.g., forensic, geriatric, psychoses, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and so on. The latter read a B.Sc. in psychology and then choose to specialise and move on to an approved doctorate in clinical psychology, in which they choose a further sub specialisation in, e.g., psycho geriatric, psychoses, etcetera. Not all psychology courses result in doctorates, and the doctorate in question is a doctorate in clinical psychology. (Psychology has become Americanised, I regret to say.) Other branches in psychology include organisational, occupational, forensic, counselling.

        The emphasis in psychology is on science, whereas in psychiatry the emphasis is on medical practitioner training in psychiatry, akin to an art or a craft.

        Psychiatrists prescribe medicines, psychologists do not although some twits occasionally argue in favour of this. I don't know about you but I'd like my prescribing officer to be well versed in anatomy, drug interactions and life saving, not in psychometrics, scientific testing and how-does-it-feel crap. That way there's a tendency for the patient to live a little longer.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Assuming the crimes were committed in the UK......

    I would hope he is tried in the UK, under UK law and given a proportionate punishment (i.e. one decided by a judge, not a politician a tabloid newspaper).

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    FBI?

    They're going to peg him out in a wide open space to extract a confession aren't they...

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Doxed

    Ryan Cleary was the guy who was doxed by Anonymous some months ago when they allegedly had a falling out. I suppose that Anonymous is not considered a terribly reliable witness, which might explain the delay in his collar being felt.

    You would have to be really terminally stupid to continue hacking so soon after being doxed. It does make me wonder if they have the right person..

  10. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    The Right to Remain Silent Restrains Discovery and Presentation of State Secrets

    "Lets hope the sentence is proportional to the crime though i.e. less than murder and lets try and keep him away from the yanks eh." .... Thomas 18 Posted Friday 24th June 2011 06:56 GMT

    They appear to be already phishing for Private Proprietary Pirate Intellectual Property, Thomas 18 ..... "...FBI agents have arrived in Britain and may be given access to evidence collected by UK police."

    Softly Softly ....... IT's a Great Long Game ..... Creation with Novel Intellectual Property Share and Dream Servering.

  11. Marcus Aurelius
    WTF?

    Insufficient information is not sufficient

    There is a presumption of the right to bail unless there are valid reasons raised to deny bail.

    It sounds as though his brief was asleep on the job here

  12. Richard Boyce

    If the evidence stands up

    ... then I hope that he does face extradition. Only the Americans give sentences that reflect the seriousness of the offence and therefore can offer good incentives to plea bargain and cooperate.

    Anyone who runs a botnet is victimising a lot of people and causing a great deal of expensive damage, whatever his age. Any teenager who thinks it would be cool to be a member of a gang that causes mayhem needs to see that there can be serious consequences.

    One reason that there's such pressure in the UK to reduce sentences to slaps on the wrist is that our prisons are full of addicts who have turned to crime. If our politicians decriminalised possession of drugs for personal use and gave addicts free controlled access to pure drugs, we'd have less wasted police effort, less demands on the NHS, fewer victims of burglary, theft and other crimes, less money going to organised crime, and we'd have more resources to keep problem people safely locked up for longer.

  13. Andus McCoatover
    Windows

    British Phonographic Industry, and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

    Er, what's a Phonograph, grandad?

    1. Your Retarded
      Boffin

      It's from Greek, like many of the words you use every day

      Phono = sound, graph = writing

      Phonograph = sound recording

      1. Andus McCoatover
        Windows

        Not retarded. Humour. New concept.

        I'll tell my grandad.

        Sir, Sir, do we still use Edison cylinders??

        No, Grandson, we've got this new inventon that revolves at an amazing 78 revolutions a year! (I think)

        Now go and eat my shorts.

      2. Andus McCoatover
        Windows

        Would't that Bee*...

        "You're retarded", rather than "Your retarded"?

        Do you often play a banjo on a bridge?

        *Tribute to the Moderatrix

        1. Your Retarded
          Mushroom

          @Coat re:name

          booyah.

  14. anybody

    The police are extremely stubborn, aggressive, suspicious, and dumb

    In majority of cases, the police can't even recognize the victim from the attacker, but in all cases the "accused attacker" gets treated very inappropriately. That's not fair! My personal experience with the police is just like that. More than 65% cases are when the police treat the attacker as a victim and the victim as an attacker. They don't trust you, are pissed at you, aggressive, thoroughly touch your body to make you feel very uncomfortable and then they cover it as a routine check for weapons (where the hell would you hide them when standing in a t-shirt and shorts?), and then obviously the police won't give you any help to fight back against their false accusation. The real attacker is being helped while you are punished for his wrongdoing. More than 65% cases! That's alarming.

  15. Rogerborg

    Now the squealing begins in earnest

    I look forwards to seeing many more Lulztards wetting their pants as they're arrested one by one, and point the finger at the next tard in the logs.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Devil

      Re: Now the squealing begins in earnest

      7 proxies rule works for me ;-)

      Anon for obvious reasons

    2. hplasm
      Mushroom

      There is probably a word

      for your particular fetish.

      1. A handle is required
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        @hplasm

        Justice?

  16. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Jumping to conclusions - much?

    He may be totally innocent.

    He may have been used as 'cannon fodder'.

    He may have been set up - yes it really does happen.

    He may have been put upon for years by the authorities and just wanted to hit back.

    Whatever the truth you can be sure he is going to have a thoroughly miserable and frightening time quite out of proportion to what he may (or may not) have done. This will continue until well after his usefulness as an 'example' (tm) - probably for the rest of his life.

    However, it's alright. We can all sit here in our cosy homes secure in the knowledge that it could never happen to us.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Unhappy

      re

      Yep, gotta love all this freedom. Locked up with no proof of crime.

      1. Scorchio!!

        Re: re

        "Yep, gotta love all this freedom. Locked up with no proof of crime."

        If there are reasonable grounds to believe that a serious crime has been committed, as there seem to be, then your hyperbole/rhetoric are wasted, and no bail is granted pending a judicial decision on the matter. Perhaps you have evidence to show that the current measures are not merely unjustified but wrong. If so perhaps you would like to share this stuff with the rest of the world. Perhaps you would also care to say what you, with legal pretensions, would do were you the sitting magistrate/judge on the case.

      2. MarkS

        (untitled)

        How do you know there hasn't been a crime? You haven't seen any evidence that shows that he might have and so you assume that there isn't any.

        If he has been a naughty boy then he's abused his freedom and he'll lose it.

    2. Ted Treen
      Big Brother

      @Will

      "He may be totally innocent.

      He may have been used as 'cannon fodder'.

      He may have been set up - yes it really does happen."

      Yup. All are totally true,

      "He may have been put upon for years by the authorities and just wanted to hit back."

      The Brit hierarchy accepting their activities as a mitigating circumstance?

      An interesting idea, but I'm sure the establishment would never permit it.

      "We can all sit here in our cosy homes secure in the knowledge that it could never happen to us."

      Well, those who still have homes can, but those who are a casualty of aberrant bankers possibly can't. As regards it "could never happen to us", I recognise your irony but the likelihood of, and the powers for, the state inflicting similar upon us has grown exponentially over the last decade-decade & a half.

      Mostly presided over by that nice Mr Straw - you know, the ex-commie who was such a staunch libertarian in oppostion.

      Why do lefties become so draconian when given just a smell of authority?

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Thumb Down

      The title was required, and had to contain letters and/or digits.

      since when has stealing personal information been harmless? people were rightly up in arms about the personal data that the last government wanted to collect for the ID card scheme so why should it be fine some spotty little prick to steal it?

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother

    Police share Intelligence on innocent people

    Logica have worked alongside The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) to develop a new database which allows Police departments across England and Wales to share intelligence relating to crime ..

    Advocates of the new database retort by arguing that it is the nature of police work which makes it essential to hold the records of innocent people ..

    In total around 12,000 authorised officers will have access with secure access controls acting to ensure that only role relevant information can be searched.

    http://www.backup-technology.com/5980/police-data-collaboration/

  18. Adam T

    Kid needs help

    ... and some real friends. You know, the type that don't use you for their own ends.

    Kids do stupid stuff. Get angry, but then get over it.

  19. Cunningly Linguistic
    Facepalm

    'Scuse me

    The guy has only been arrested and charged. He has not been found guilty by a court of law, so at the moment he's presumed innocent... except of course by El Reg commentards.

  20. Alan Brown Silver badge

    Script kiddies

    Having seen business destroyed by them (Ironically many were businesses hosting IRC servers which were trying to get rid of said script kiddies). I'll wholeheartedly endorse the book being thrown at him & identifiable associates....

    ....__IF__ he was involved in that activity.

    Hosting an ircd is fairly innocent, however once aware that "certain groups" are using it, failing to take action to move them off your servers is a bad idea - even if the attempts to move them fail. Being actively involved in those groups is definitely facilitation/Aiding&Abetting in my book.

    Having said that the kid won't get a fair trial in the USA and given the standard of police technological knowhow I doubt he'll get a fair one here.

    On the jury side - if convicted by a bunch of maroons on dodgy evidence I'd be pretty sure that expert opinion would be enough to secure an appeal. For that reason the judiciary is also in favour of having technically complex matters heard by people actually qualified to understand them.

    FWIW my experience of script kiddies, spammers, criminality and malciousness is that they all tend to go hand in hand, when time is taken to unpick the associations. A 14-15yo script kiddie may not know any better but a 19yo one does, even if he does have Asbergers.

    (I regard the DDoS stuff as malicious and the other stuff as worthwhile pantsing of sites with inadequate security. In most cases the outing of data is the only way to get past a culture of denial and coverup. Bad guys tend to try and keep their penetrations secret, for profit maximisation)

  21. Syntax Error
    Meh

    Job

    Perhaps he is hoping if he co-operates enough SOCA will offer him a job.

    1. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

      A Circuitous Route to Root?

      A simple master plan that works wonderfully well, Syntax Error.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yes...

      Because you see the police taking on serial killers to catch murderers all the time, or fraudsters to catch fraud, etc etc...

  22. Pete 8
    Thumb Up

    What is needed is a new approach

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLYefZkOMB0&feature=related

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