Two British members of the hacking group Lulzsec have pleaded guilty to charges connected with last year’s attacks on organisations including Sony, the NHS, Nintendo and 20th Century Fox.
Ryan Cleary from Essex, who was 19 when Lulzsec was active, and Jake Davis from the Shetland Islands, 18 at the time, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to do unauthorised acts with intent to impair the operation of computers at the Southwark crown court yesterday.
Cleary also pleaded guilty to four more charges under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, committed between January 2009 and June 2011.
However, both pleaded not guilty to the charge of posting "unlawfully obtained computer data" online.
The news comes as US prosecutors said last week that they would no longer be seeking to extradite Cleary but would leave him to be dealt with by the UK courts. A Californian court filed several charges against Cleary two weeks ago.
Other alleged members of Lulzsec, Ryan Ackroyd, 25, and a 17-year-old from south-London, pleaded not guilty to the same counts that Cleary and Davis admitted to.
All four defendents will be tried in April 2013. The court heard that it will take 3,000 hours to review the material connected to Ackroyd’s case alone.
Among the other websites targeted by Lulzec between February and September 2011 were game developer Bethesda, online game Eve Online, broadcasting company PBS Inc and the Arizona State Police.