Suspected Anonymous hacker ‘had 750,000 passwords’

Naked Security (Sophos), By Graham Cluley, August 1, 2011

A London court heard this morning how 18-year-old Jake Davis allegedly had the login passwords of 750,000 people on his computer when he was arrested in the Shetland Islands last week. Davis is suspected by the authorities of being “Topiary”, the public face of the Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivist groups. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Davis was charged with five offences including unauthorised computer access and conspiracy to carry out a denial-of-service attack against the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s (SOCA) website, which overloaded the site with traffic. Furthermore, prosecutors are reported to have claimed that Davis’s laptop was found to contain the fake article announcing Rupert Murdoch’s death that visitors to The Sun’s hacked website saw for a period of time earlier this month.

  1. #1 by peterburnett on October 5, 2011 - 9:50 am

    Is that news? If I went to wikileaks website or pastebin and cut and pasted login passwords to my desktop and saved them as a text document does that make me a hacker? I’m not saying that’s what he did – just saying that I can see tens of thousands of login passwords without even trying, and it don’t make me a criminal. Or maybe it does? That would be your call 😉

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