Lulzsec UK members given record jail sentences

Thursday, 16th May 2013 23:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Four members of Lulzsec have earned the UK’s longest ever jail sentences for hacking.

The BBC reports one member was given 32 months, which according to the Guardian is the longest jail sentence ever given out for hacking, which falls under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

One other member was given 30 months, while Lulzsec’s main publicist received 24 months in a young offender institution. The youngest member – an 18 year old who was sitting his A-levels at the height of Lulzsec’s notoriety – was hit with a 20 month suspended sentence and 300 hours of community service.

In addition to sentences handed down in the UK this week, the four face possible extradition to the US for further charges.

Lulzsec, often described as an off-shoot of Anonymous, was responsible for hacking a number of organisations including Sony, Nintendo and EA, as well as the CIA and FBI. Unlike self-described hacktivist groups, it was often said to be doing it “for the lulz”, or to pursue vendettas, rather than for any particular political belief.

Two further members of Lulzsec have been arrested internationally – an Australian, and a US man said to be one of the group’s leaders, who helped identify the others and has not yet been charged.

Thanks, Polygon.



  1. viralshag

    Some bums gonna get “hacked”… For the lulz of course.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Beta


    #2 2 years ago
  3. Sanwiches

    Jail is useless, they should however get something like 3 years of full community service.

    They deserve it, but in the same time I hope their talent don’t get wasted.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. fearmonkey

    “The youngest member – an 18 year old who was sitting his A-levels”

    I have no idea what that means, can someone explain?

    #4 2 years ago

    A-Levels are the exams that are taken in the UK between the ages of 16-18.

    You generally need them before going to university.

    This guy was in the middle of taking (sitting) his exams when he was sentenced.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. tenthousandgothsonacid

    Still amazing that it’s reported they hacked sony. They didn’t. An ex sony employee opened an exploit and posted it on hacker boards.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    Lulzsec weren’t credited with the PSN attack were they? The Sony hack from them was Sony pictures not SCE.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Samoan Spider

    @7 Yeah, I thought it was Sony pictures. I haven’t fact checked though. I think there was a lot of ‘conspiracy to’ charges relating to Sony though.

    One omission is that Cleary gets a hearing on his child porn collection later on in the year.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Hirmetrium

    These guys shouldn’t of gone to jail. The judge should of ordered them to do four years in a minimal wage job finding security holes in the governments systems and getting them patched. That’s obviously what they are good at, and would be far more effective than jail-time.

    Don’t get me wrong, but nobody was actually hurt or anything like that right? The loss of personal information is lamentable, but companys have gotten away with it and no jailtime. I’d much rather these guys fix the flaqs they’ve found than rot in a jailcell.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Docker Al

    Great news. I hope they get raped. Every day.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. sg1974

    You forgot to mention that Cleary was also found guilty of possessing child pornography, having been found with sexual images of children and BABIES on his computer.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Ilovesony

    the Lulz boat!! noone to captain or to set sail….. The Lulz boat! finally got caught and put in jail… and i hope all you dopes hold on to the soap in there….after a month… It wont hurt anymore..(da da da da da daaaa) keep your open smile… Your now someones whore.. Its Lulz….. Dont get butt raped its luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulzz…. Thank you thank you.. dont forget to tip your waiter…

    #12 2 years ago
  13. monkeygourmet


    The power of Christ compels You! …SPLASH!!!…

    #13 2 years ago

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