An Alleged “Teenage hacker awaits ruling on US extradition”

May 16, 2013

The Herald (heraldscotland.com) on May 16, 2013 released the following:

“A COMPUTER hacking teenager from Shetland will learn today if he is to be extradited to the United States given his core role in a series of damaging cyber attacks on the networks of the NHS, the FBI and major international corporations.

Jake Davis, 18, has admitted he and fellow members of LulzSec stole huge amounts of personal data belonging to hundreds of thousands of people and posted it online for anyone to download.

Southwark Crown Court in London heard yesterday that Davis, along with Ryan Ackroyd, Mustafa Al-Bassam and Ryan Cleary considered themselves “modern day pirates”, who carried out the attacks for entertainment.

All members of the group, which included a schoolboy and an ex-soldier, have pled guilty to carrying out various acts of cyber crime in 2011.

At a pre-sentencing hearing, prosecutor Sandip Patel said the men lacked the political drive of groups like Anonymous, from which they had developed, and seemed to have been doing it for kicks.

He said: “It’s clear from the evidence that they intended to achieve extensive national and international notoriety and publicity. They saw themselves as latter-day pirates.

“This is not about young immature men messing about. They are at the cutting edge of a contemporary and emerging species of criminal offender known as a cyber criminal.”

Smartly dressed Davis, 20, from Lerwick, who used the alias Topiary, smirked in the dock when details of his activities were outlined to the court. He was LulzSec’s main publicist and in charge of media relations.

Both he and Al-Bassam previously pled guilty to hacking and launching cyber attacks on organisations, including the CIA and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Davis’s barrister, Simon Mayo QC, told the court his client had completely turned his life around since being arrested.

Born in Canterbury, Kent, he moved to the Shetlands aged six with his mother to escape his alcoholic father, who later committed suicide. Socially isolated from his early teens, Davis suffered from depression and fell under the spell of a “misguided ideology”, Mr Mayo said.

But since his arrest, he had moved to London via Lincolnshire and found work with several artistic groups, also writing for the Observer about his time with Anonymous.

Carole Cadwalladr, a feature writer with the paper, provided a reference.

Michael Morris MBE, the co-director of art group Artangel, gave a character reference in court.

“In short, Davis has been given an opportunity he was previously denied, an opportunity to transform himself from a depressed 18-year-old in the Shetland Islands into a self-sufficient scriptwriter living in London,” Mr Mayo added, suggesting his client could be given a suspended sentence.

The court heard that the “DDoS” attacks they carried out with other unidentified hackers belonging to online groups such as Anonymous and Internet Feds flooded websites with traffic, making them crash and rendering them unavailable to users.

To do it, they used a remotely controlled network of “zombie” computers, known as a “botnet”, capable of being programmed to perform the attack.

The court heard the codes, written by Cleary, may have been using up to one million computers to carry out attacks via the internet without their owners knowing it.

The group only existed for a matter of months in 2011 before the main members were arrested between June and September, the court heard.

Attacks like those on Sony and Nintendo harvested massive amounts of private data. The Sony leak alone saw it lose details relating to 26.4 million customers, causing its Playstation network to shut down.

Davis was found to have 750,000 separate pieces of sensitive data on his computer after his arrest, and Cleary 10,000.

The hearing continues.”

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Estonia OKs extradition of suspected hacker to US

March 21, 2012

WKOW.com on March 15, 2012 released the following:

“TALLINN, Estonia (AP) – Estonia has approved the extradition of a suspected hacker to the United States where he is accused in a cyber fraud scheme that infected millions of computers worldwide, including those of NASA.

The government said Thursday that 26-year-old Anton Ivanov, an Estonian citizen, is facing charges including computer hacking and online fraud. The U.S. Justice Department had asked Estonia to extradite him.

Ivanov was arrested in November with five other Estonian citizens following a two-year investigation led by the FBI with assistance from the Estonian authorities. The others, including main suspect Vladimir Tsastsin, also face extradition. A Russian suspect in the case remains at large.”

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Blow for Gary McKinnon as U.S. Extradition deal deemed ‘fair’

October 14, 2011

DailyMail.co.uk on October 14, 2011 released the following:

“By JAMES SLACK

The controversial Extradition Act under which Gary McKinnon faces being sent for trial in the U.S. is not biased against British citizens, a review has concluded.

The verdict of the independent panel, to be made public as early as Tuesday, is certain to provoke claims of a whitewash.

The review, led by Lord Justice Scott Baker, was prompted by alarm over the case of Asperger’s sufferer Mr McKinnon, who is facing extradition on charges of computer hacking.

But it has found that the 2003 Extradition Act is neither lopsided nor unfair.

The panel will also rule against the introduction of a so-called ‘forum bar’, which has long been demanded by Mr McKinnon’s supporters.

The rule, which can be passed with a vote in Parliament, would mean a suspect would normally be tried in the country where the bulk of his or her crimes were committed.

In Mr McKinnon’s case, he searched NASA computers for evidence of ‘little green men’ from his North London home.

Campaigners hoped that, at the very least, Lord Scott Baker would agree to the introduction of ‘forum’, which is already sitting on the statute books waiting to be enacted.

But the panel will rule that this is not necessary and that the current system is fair. The findings will be a political headache for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who promised in opposition to change the Act and save Mr McKinnon from extradition.

Writing in the Daily Mail in 2009, Mr Clegg called the Anglo-American treaty ‘lopsided’ and said it ‘gives more rights to Americans than British passport-holders’. He added: ‘I forced a debate on it . . . and warned the Government that the treaty would lead to an abuse of people’s rights in this country. But they wouldn’t listen.’

Critics of the Act say it is lopsided because British citizens are not given the same legal protection as their American counterparts.

If the U.S. government wants to extradite a UK citizen it needs only to outline the alleged offence, the punishment and provide an accurate description of the suspect.

But to extradite an American, Britain must prove that the wanted individual has probably committed a crime, a much harder test.

The U.S. has vehemently argued that there is nothing unbalanced about the treaty, and during the panel’s inquiry Lord Scott Baker met senior figures in the U.S. legal system.

The panel has now ruled in favour of the U.S. argument.

It will point out that the U.S. has never refused a request from Britain to extradite a suspect. Britain has refused to extradite in a handful of cases.

The extradition of Mr McKinnon, the subject of the Mail’s ‘An Affront to Justice’ campaign, was temporarily halted by Home Secretary Theresa May last year.

She wants to examine advice on whether the 45-year-old is fit to be sent abroad.”

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