Three British members of the LulzSec hacking group have plead guilty to numerous charges of hacking and DDOS attacks on the likes of Sony, Bethesda, CCP and Nintendo (not to mention SOCA and the NHS).
According to the BBC, 26-year-old Yorkshireman Ryan Ackroyd admitted to charges of computer hacking in a London court yesterday, revealing that he used the online persona of a 17-year old girl named 'Kayla' when representing fellow hacker consortium/label Anonymous.
Fellow LulzSec standard bearers Mustafa Al-Bassam from Peckham and Jake Davis from the Shetlands have filed similar pleas for hacking and launching Denial Of Service attacks. The three are scheduled for sentencing next month.
LulzSec hit the headlines back in 2011 after carrying out intrusions and DDOS attacks against a number of major corporations. Claiming to simply hack for laughs rather than any political or nefarious agenda, the Sun newspaper and Serious Organised Crime Unit were embarrassed by some high-profile attacks (indeed, Rupert Murdoch was declared dead on The Sun's website for some time), while numerous software companies attracted their attention. Interestingly, they also perpetrated a 'white hat' hack against the NHS website, in order to expose some major vulnerabilities that had been previously overlooked.
Either way, the lulz eventually have to end.