POLICE yesterday charged 19-year-old Ryan Cleary with a string of computer related offences after a joint swoop by Scotland Yard and the FBI.
He is suspected of having ties with the LulzSec hacking collective, which has targeted high-profile websites including Sony, Nintendo, the IMF, the CIA and, on the day Cleary was arrested, the London-based Serious Organised Crime Agency.
After going through the UK courts he could be extradited to the US to face charges over breaches there.
LulzSec has denied Cleary is the mastermind behind the operation, tweeting: “Ryan Cleary is not part of LulzSec. Clearly the UK police are so desperate to catch us that they’ve gone and arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated with us. Lame.”
His arrest has done little to deter the hackers, with the Brazilian government website being brought offline yesterday.