Ex-Anonymous Hacker Detained In Essex

on June 21, 2011 4:30 PM

As news has spread of the demise of Anonymous members, another former member has been detained by the good old Scotland Yard in Essex. Ryan Cleary, former AnonOps member, was taken to a central London police station and remains in custody on suspicion of violating the Computer Misuse Act and the Fraud Act. Don’t ask me the specifics of that law, as despite the fact that I’ll soon be studying in England, I am not at all familiar with English law.

Cleary became a figure of controversy in the hacking community in May, after he dissociating himself with Anonymous and launched attacks on their IRC chat messageboards.

I have to say it’s definitely a good thing that these people are being detained, whether they are Lulzsec, Anonymous or rouge hackers like Cleary. The only message I have gleaned from their stupidity is for consumers to wake up from buyer’s apathy, but other than that, I can’t see any rationale to their continued attacks on games companies.

 /  Contributing Writer
Daniel Horowitz is currently a Writing/Film student at Sarah Lawrence College, where he previously worked as a film technician and teacher assistant despite having little technical knowledge. He is currently abroad studying play-writing at Oxford University in the UK. Daniel likes to think of himself as a weird combination of Captain America and Hunter S Thompson minus the extensive drug use. As a result, he can often be found lifting things, fighting for justice, and being a crazy outlaw journalist on the edge who doesn't play by the rules. When he’s not writing about, reviewing, or playing games, music, and occasionally writing well-paying profiles of businessman, Daniel thinks about what exactly he'll end u doing with his life post-graduation. Daniel plans on either going to graduate school for an MFA, or more realistically, getting a day job, which he hopes is somehow involved in the gaming, comic book, or film industries. You can contact Daniel at dhorowitz107@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @DHorowitz107