A SOUTH Yorkshire man accused of being among the members of infamous online hacking group LulzSec has appeared in court in connection with a plot to bring down the websites of the CIA and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Ryan Ackroyd, aged 25, of Oak Road, Mexborough, appeared alongside Ryan Cleary, 20, Jake Davis, 19, and a 17-year-old A-level student, from south-London.
They are accused of carrying out a string of cyber-attacks on major institutions in Britain and the US.
The online gang are said to have targeted the NHS, News International, Sony, Nintendo, and film studio 20th Century Fox, and other sites, in a series of so-called distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, where websites are flooded with traffic to make them crash.
Cleary, Davis, Ackroyd and the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court for a plea and case management hearing yesterday.
None of the defendants entered pleas to any of the charges and the case was adjourned until June 25.