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Scottish Teenager Charged Over LulzSec Attack [Update]

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A third British teenager has been arrested in relation to a recent attack by hacktivist group LulzSec on the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) website.

Jake Davis, 18, was arrested on the Shetland Islands and will appear today (1 August) in the City of Westminster magistrates court to face five charges related to the attack.

The attack took place on 20 June and SOCA had to take its website offline for several hours. LulzSec claimed responsibility for the attack which appeared to be a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

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LulzSec is an offshoot of the larger group of hackers known as Anonymous. Davies is charged with: unauthorised access to a computer system; encouraging/assisting offences contrary to section 46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007; conspiracy with others to carry out a distributed denial of service attack on SOCA's website; conspiracy to commit offences under section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990; and conspiracy between the defendant and others to commit offences under section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990 contrary to section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Last month Ryan Cleary (19) from Wickford, Essex was arrested and charged with five offences including an alleged hacking attack on SOCA’s website. Last week a 16-year-old boy from south London was arrested and bailed as part of the same investigation.

LulzSec has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on the websites of Sony, Nintendo, the CIA and most recently News International.

Update: Davis has appeared in court and has been granted bail but will be tagged. He is also to have no direct or indirect internet access.

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