Pictured for the first time: British teenage hacker, 18, who took part in cyber attacks on the CIA and the Serious Organised Crime Agency
This is the 18-year-old British hacker who joined in high-tech attacks on the CIA and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
A-Level student Mustafa Al-Bassam, who until now had his identity protected because of his age, previously admitted two computer crime charges relating to notorious hacker collective Lulzsec.
During the attacks on February 1, 2011, members of the loosely-organised group hijacked computers to overwhelm the systems of major bodies including Sony and newspaper publisher News International.
The so-called 'distributed denial of service' attacks (DdoS) work by overwhelming target servers with useless data and flooding computers with traffic.
Al-Bassam also pleaded guilty to a longer-running hacking campaign that saw data stolen from the systems of organisations including 20th Century Fox, Nintendo, the NHS, and the Arizona State Police.
Two further charges, in which he was accused alongside others of posting confidential documents on the web for others to see, have been dropped by prosecutors.
Al-Bassam, who turned 18 in January, was not present at Southwark Crown Court this morning,
Ackroyd, from Doncaster, who was central to the campaign waged by Lulzsec when it launched the attacks in 2011, changed his plea to a key charge at the last minute.
He is the last of four British members of the shady online outfit, whose victims included the Pentagon, the CIA, and the UK's Serious and Organised Crime Agency, to be convicted.
Prosecutors announced they were satisfied with two charges Davis pleaded guilty to at an earlier hearing.
Davis, known by the alias 'Topiary', took part in the cyber assaults from his bedroom in the Shetland Islands, and has been bailed ahead of sentencing.
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