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This article was published on July 31, 2011

    Suspected LulzSec hacker Topiary revealed as 18 year old, Jake Davis

    Suspected LulzSec hacker Topiary revealed as 18 year old, Jake Davis
    Nancy Messieh
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    Nancy Messieh

    Lesotho-born and raised, Nancy Messieh, The Next Web's Middle East Editor, is an Egyptian writer and photographer based in Cairo, Egypt. Fol Lesotho-born and raised, Nancy Messieh, The Next Web's Middle East Editor, is an Egyptian writer and photographer based in Cairo, Egypt. Follow her on Twitter, her site or Google+ or get in touch at [email protected]

    A few days ago, reports of the arrest of key member and spokesman of LulzSec, Topiary, were making the rounds. There wasn’t too much information surrounding Topiary’s actual identity, save for the fact that he’s 19 years old, and was known to go by the name Daniel.

    Topiary’s, or at least the arrested suspect’s real identity is said to have been revealed. 18 year old Jake Davis, who according to Sophos is an avid online chess player, will be in court tomorrow, facing criminal charges for his involvement with LulzSec.

    Despite the Metropolitan Police’s confidence that they’ve got the right man, there is still quite a bit of doubt surrounding the fact.

    With a name now made public, a quick search on Jake Davis in Yell Shetland, and you’ll come up empty handed. Based on our initial searches, there appears to be virtually no public information on Davis available online.

    Update: According to Sophos, Davis is facing five charges:

    • Unauthorised access to a computer system, contrary to Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act 1990;
    • Encouraging / assisting offences, contrary to S46 of the Serious Crime Act 2007;
    • Conspiracy with others to carry out a Distributed Denial of Service Attack on the website of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977
    • Conspiracy to commit offences of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990, contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977
    • Conspiracy between the defendant and others to commit offences of section 3 Computer Misuse Act 1990 contrary to S1 Criminal Law Act 1977.