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Westminster magistrates court grants bail to Anonymous and LulzSec suspects

Warwick Ashford

Four alleged UK hackers suspected of being linked to attacks by hacking groups Anonymous and Lulz Security (LulzSec) have been released on bail after a hearing at Westminster magistrates court.

Peter David Gibson (22), Ashley Rhodes (26), Christopher Weatherhead (20) and a 17-year-old student were arrested by police investigating cyber attacks by the hacking groups.

The four have been banned from using online nicknames and internet relay chat forums where Anonymous members have coordinated attacks, according to the Guardian.

Gibson, Rhodes, Weatherhead and the 17-year-old are separately charged with conspiracy to carry out an unauthorised act in relation to a computer. They are to face Southwark crown court on 18 November for a plea and case-management hearing.

Two other men, aged 24 and 20, have been released on bail following their arrest last week as part of the Metropolitan police investigation into Anonymous and LulzSec. They are due to return to a London police station in November.

The two men were arrested separately in South Yorkshire and Wiltshire . They are charged with conspiring to commit offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

The arrests brought to at least seven the number of people detained in the UK in connection with the joint anti-hacking investigation by police and the FBI into a series of intrusions and denial-of-service cyber attacks at a number of multinational companies, public institutions and government and law enforcement agencies.

At least 20 people have been arrested elsewhere in Europe and in the US for the cyber attacks.


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