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UK Lulzsec members charged over DDoS attacks: two plead guilty, two claim innocence

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Two of four apprehended members of internet activism and hacking group, Lulzsec, have plead guilty to disabling various websites using denial of service attacks.

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Two Lulzsec members from the UK, Ryan Cleary, 20, and Jake Davis, 19, have pleaded guilty to charges of using denial of service attacks to temporarily disable the websites of Sony, Nintendo, and 20th Century Fox, among others. Both are pleading not guilty to accusations of posting private data on The Pirate Bay and Pastebin. Two of their compatriots — Ryan Ackroyd, 25, and an unnamed 17-year-old boy, also from the UK — are denying similar allegations lodged against them. All four will be on trial in April of next year.

Lulzsec's leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur, was apprehended in the FBI's attempt to "chop off head of Lulzsec" earlier this year. Once apprehended, the hacker revealed the details of Lulzsec's operations and the arrests of these four youths is likely a direct result. The group as a whole may be down, but they're not out — even without Monsegur and the other arrested members, Lulzsec continues its operations under the name "Lulzsec Reborn," and their latest exploit involved exposing the private data of over 8,000 Twitter accounts.