Doncaster computer hacker jailed

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

The Doncaster ex-soldier who commanded a group of young computer hackers when they launched sophisticated cyber attacks on major global institutions, is today starting a prison sentence.

Ryan Ackroyd, aged 26, masterminded the cyber attack operation from the bedroom of his home in Oak Road, Mexborough, two years ago.

Three of the four hackers, who believed they were the ‘Gods of Cyberspace’ as they brought havoc to CIA, FBI and NHS computers, were jailed for a total of just over seven years at Southwark Crown Court in London.

Ackroyd received a sentence of 30 months for his part in the LulzSec group, which waged an online war costing major organisations and companies at least £50 million.

They brought down networks at firms like Sony, Nintendo, Fox News, and News International, and stole hundreds of thousands of personal details that were then published online.