Three hackers sentenced to prison


May 27, 2013

Three members of a 'hacktivist' group have been sentenced to a total of six years in prison for a hacking spree which affected numerous victims.

Ryan Ackroyd, Jake Davis and Mustafa Al-Bassam were part of the group LulzSec, a computer hacking group which claimed to be behind several high profile attacks such as that which saw the CIA website go offline in 2011

The three members have now been charged with several attacks that occurred during that year, affecting companies such as Sony, Nintendo, 20th Century Fox and various governments and police forces.

Mr Davis was sentenced to 24 months in a young offender's institution, while Mr Al-Bassam was sentenced to 20 months and 300 hours of unpaid work. Mr Ackroyd was given a 30 month sentence, of which he will serve half.

"The name LulzSec encapsulates your desires to cause embarrassment and disruption, while keeping your own identities hidden," judge Deborah Taylor said in a statement published by SC Magazine on May 17.

Cybercriminals such as these can wreak havoc on a business and cause lingering effects – which is why regular penetration testing is essential for organisations who wish to improve the security of their ICT networks.

A security solutions provider can assess your organisation using ethical hacking, to identify any flaws which may be present – which you can then rectify quickly and discreetly before any damage is done.

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