In the face of the?arrest and court appearance?of LulzSec Anonymous spokesman Jake Davis, who was arrested for allegedly hijacking the website of the Sun newspaper, the two hacker collectives have issued a slew of statements promising to continue fighting.
The two groups have issued a fresh batch of tweets promising to continue enacting hacks and attacks in the name of AntiSec:
“We will never rest as we are Legion. Arrest more of us. We dare you. With every day that passes, we store more of your secrets. #FreeTopiary.”
As well as the promise to carry on fighting, Anonymous also issued a series of tweets building on its previous statement that its members were peaceful protesters, not dangerous cyber criminals.
Earlier in June, U.K. prosecutors charged 19-year-old Ryan Cleary, who had been a prominent figure in Anonymous and then LulzSec, with five computer-related offenses. Authorities allege he infected computers in order to form a computer network, called a botnet, which he then used to launch online attacks against websites including that of U.K.’s Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA). Essex-based Mr. Cleary, who is out on bail, is cooperating with police, his lawyer has said.
Police investigating ‘hacktivist’ collectives Anonymous and LulzSec have issued a statement warning the groups they risk a 10-year prison sentence.
The two online activists groups have claimed responsibility for computer attacks such as hacking into the computers of Sony, Nato, the CIA and the UK police?s SOCA website.
In a statement, police said: ?Under UK legislation, it is an offence if a person acts from within the UK upon a computer anywhere else in the world. It is also an offence if someone anywhere else in the world to criminally affect a computer within the UK.”
They added: “Anyone considering accessing a computer without authority should understand that such acts are unlawful and can carry a term of imprisonment.”
Davis was arrested on July 27 and has been charged with five offences. He has been released on bail.
Davis’ arrest builds on a recent string of similar successes for law enforcement in Europe and in the U.S.
The teenager is facing five charges consisting of gaining unauthorized access to a computer system, encouraging or assisting offences, two counts of conspiring to commit offences and conspiring to carry out a distributed denial of services (DDoS) attack.
The DDoS attack is when hackers flood a website with too much traffic, causing them to crash. It is a method used widely by LulzSec and the other main hacker group, Anonymous.
Davis, who spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth at City of Westminster Magistrate’s Court has been given bail by Judge Howard Riddle but under strict terms. Davis may not access the internet from a PC or any other online enabled device, a curfew between 10pm and 7am and to sleep at an address in Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Davis will next appear at Southwark Crown Court on the 30th of August.
Anonymous hackers are asking potential donors to contribute?bitcoins?- digital currency that can be exchanged for hard currency – to help pay Davis’s legal expenses, as part of what it is calling Operation: Free Topiary.
Once the bitcoins are converted into online funds, they can then be transferred in a number of ways, but several Anonymous hackers told?Channel 4 News?via an IRC (Internat Relay Chatroom) that they intended to send the money to Davis’s mobile phone number via text message (SMS).
They added that the group has already received a “significant” amount of money.
Several supporters of the teenager say they plan to stage a protest on 30 August ? the date of Davis’s Crown court appearance – outside Glasgow Central Station, although it unclear why that location has been chosen.
Anonymous shot to global prominence late last year following the launch of a campaign against companies it said were aiding U.S. efforts to stifle WikiLeaks after the website leaked a trove of classified U.S. diplomatic cables. PayPal,?Visa?Inc. and?MasterCard?Inc. all suffered online attacks, for which Anonymous took credit, after they stopped people from using their services to make financial contributions to WikiLeaks.
Sources: ibtimes, WSJ, huffingtonpost, blogs.computerworld, gamingunion, channel4