Hacktivism crackdown targets teen

Suspected British computer hacker, Jake Davis, leaves City of Westminster Magistrates' Court after being released on bail, London August 1, 2011. Davis appeared in court on Monday charged with hacking offences, including hacking into the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).
(Photo by Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 – Globe and Mail
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY

The latest alleged hacking mastermind, an 18-year-old arrested at home last week in Scotland’s Shetland Islands, was let out on bail Monday with conditions meant to keep him off the Internet and home at night.

Jake Davis is accused of keeping log-in information for 750,000 people, acting as spokesman for amorphous hacktivist groups and helping to mastermind audacious online attacks against such prominent figures as the UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency and embattled media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

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The high-achieving pair accused of a deadly plan

Friday, June 25, 2010 – Globe and Mail
ANNA MEHLER PAPERNY

TORONTO — Byron Sonne and Kristen Peterson are life partners leading very different lives.

Mr. Sonne is a computer expert whose job is to delve deep into the realm of complex electronic security networks; in his spare time, he frequents “hackerspaces” and derides the way people are monitored in their everyday lives.

Ms. Peterson’s world is more creative: A visual artist with multiple degrees under her belt, she has become known for creating multimedia installations that make normal structures – a wall, a doorway – seem like what they’re not.

If he’s the daredevil hacker, she’s the one neighbours see gardening, who ensures he comes home on time. Now both are accused of planning potentially deadly attacks.

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