May 17 - Four are men sentenced to jail for a hacking spree that caused millions of dollars of damage. Tom Dinham reports.
Convicted hacker Mustafa Al-Bassam leaves a UK court on Thursday after receiving a suspended sentence. Al-Bassam is one of four men to be sentenced for a hacking spree that cost millions of dollars of damage to computer networks run by Sony, the CIA and other agencies. Head of Britain's e-Crime Unit, Detective Superintendent Charlie McMurdie explained how the group, known as Lulzsec, were foiled. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF THE BRITISH POLICE CENTRAL E-CRIME UNIT, DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT CHARLIE MCMURDIE, SAYING: "After initially being alerted by the FBI to criminal activity on British soil, the Police Central e-Crime Unit came to arrest Ryan Cleary. At the time of his arrest he was in the process of attacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency website." Prosecutor Andrew Hadik strongly condemned the four men, three of whom have been ordered to serve jail terms. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDREW HADIK FROM THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE, SAYING: "The actions of these LulzSec hackers were cowardly and vindictive. The harm they caused was foreseeable, extensive and intended." The hackers all pled guilty to a variety of offences, one is awaiting a further sentence for possession of child pornography.