LulzSec's Topiary Named, Set Free On Bail

Brad Chacos

Remember when we told you that British police had rounded up the man they believed was Topiary, the smart-mouthed wise cracker who served as the spokesman for the infamous LulzSec hacking group? Since then, rumors saying that they got the wrong guy have been floating around the Internet. Was the man in custody a dupe framed by the actual Topiary? British police don't think so, and the stuff they found on the Jake Davis' laptop seems pretty damning. But he's still out on bail.

Jake Davis may look like a tyke – and judging from those shades, he may think he's Neo – but at 18 years old, he's a grown man as far as the courts are concerned. He's facing a full-grown set of charges, too, according to Sophos :

  • Unauthorised access to a computer system, contrary to Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990
  • Encouraging / assisting offences, contrary to S46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007
  • Conspiracy with others to carry out a Distributed Denial of Service Attack on the website of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977
  • Conspiracy to commit offences of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990, contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977
  • Conspiracy between the defendant and others to commit offences of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990 contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977

Graham Cluley at Sophos also says that prosecutors told the judge that Davis had the username and password combinations for over 750,000 people on his computer when he was arrested. His computer supposedly also contained the article that was posted to the hacked Sun website last month. The false article claimed that Rupert Murdoch had offed himself and caused quite a stir online.

Despite the evidence and LulzSec's reputation, the judge overseeing the case granted Davis bail, citing his youth, clean record and the media circus around his arrest. Davis must stay at his parent's home every night until a court date on August 30th, and he isn't allowed to access the Internet in any way – including smartphones.

Davis' attorney says he may have been a spokesman for the groups, SlashGear reports , but that's it. Davis' defense seems to be that he served simply as a mouthpiece for LulzSec and Anonymous and didn't actually participate in any of the hacking activities associated with the two organizations.

Image credit: SlashGear

Around the web