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The hackers who took down PlayStation



Jack Davis, Mustafa Al-Bassam, Ryan Ackroyd and Ryan Clearly, they four hackers that brought down the PlayStation Network in 2011 are due to be sentenced next month, writes YOLANDA GREEN.

Remember the April of 2011 when Sony’s PlayStation Network was hacked and down for three weeks? It seems like it was ages ago, and even though we know LulzSec was behind it, no one has been punished for our suffering.

Four men have now pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court in London, to charges relating to the attacks on the CIA, UK crime agencies and taken responsibility for the hacking of over 70 million Sony accounts.

Jake Davis (20), Mustafa Al-Bassam (18), Ryan Ackroyd (26) and Ryan Cleary (21) are due to be sentenced next month. Davis, aka Topiary ran LulzSec’s Twitter account as posed as their spokesman. Cleary has also pleaded guilty to separate charges including the hacking of US Air Force computers at the Pentagon. I guess I’m kind of disappointed that these guys are just being punished: I mean they should be hired by the government or Sony to help improve security on systems to prevent hacking like in the movies, right?

LulzSec caused a great amount of mildly entertaining (okay maybe a bit more than ‚”mildly entertaining‚”) havoc when they decided to go on a hacking spree in 2011. Hacking websites like Minecraft and EVE Online, and even hacking the CIA. The worst of their deeds was no doubt the attack on the PSN, costing Sony just about $171.1 million.

Enjoy all those Lulz in jail!

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