18-year-old arrested for hacking SOCA website

Davis is alleged to have perpetrated DDoS attacks on the Serious Organised Crime website

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18-year-old arrested for hacking SOCA website UK police have arrested 18-year-old Jake Davis from the Shetland Islands for allegedly committing computer offences including he DDoS attack against the Serious Organised Crime Agency website.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  August 1, 2011

Jake Davis, 18, from the Shetland Islands has been charged with computer offences by police investigating hacking attacks, according to the BBC.

Davis has been charged with unauthorised computer access and conspiracy to carry out a DDoS attacks on the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency's (SOCA) website.

He faces five charges and was due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Davis was arrested in a pre-planned intelligence-led operation last week by officers from the police's Central e-Crime Unit.

The UK Serious Organised Crime agency's website was taken down for several hours on 20th June after it was the victim of a  DDoS attack, which LulzSec claimed responsibility for.

Police are currently investigating hacking groups known as Anonymous and LulzSec.

A DDoS attack is where large numbers of computers, under malicious control, overload their target with web requests.

Ryan Cleary, 19, from Essex, was in June charged with five offences under the UK's Criminal Law and Computer Misuse Acts, including an alleged hacking attack against SOCA's website.

LulzSec has previously also claimed responsibility for hacking attacks on The Sun newspaper, the US Senate, Sony and the CIA.

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