The British man suspected of being a member of hacking group LulzSec, Ryan Cleary, has been charged in the United States for carrying out a series of high profile hacks in June 2011. The court in California alleges that Cleary built and controlled a botnet, and carried out a number of attacks against companies including Sony, Fox and PBS. He stands accused of deliberately infiltrating a number of systems and stealing confidential information relating to users before going on to publish the information online. Being found guilty could result in Cleary being incarcerated for up to 25 years.
Cleary has also faced trouble and charges in the UK. He has been charged with carrying out a DDoS attack against the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) last summer. He was originally bailed on the condition that he was banned from the internet. However, he was later jailed after he broke the conditions of his bail and contacted the FBI Lulzsec informant, Sabu. Unsurprisingly Sabu turned Cleary in.
Cleary is due in court in the UK on June 25th. It has not been decided if he will be extradited to the US.