LONDON (AP) - The lawyer for a British suspect linked to the Lulz Security hacking collective said Friday that she’d fight any moves to have her client tried in an American court.
A federal indictment filed Tuesday accused the 20-year-old of hacking into sites for the talent competition “The X-Factor,” “PBS NewsHour,” Sony Pictures and others. The sites were hit at the beginning of a months-long attack spree claimed by LulzSec, whose online exploits focused international attention on the power of so-called “hacktivist” groups.
Ryan Cleary, who was detained last year, already faces British charges that he and others hacked the Serious Organized Crime Agency and various U.K. music sites.
In a statement, attorney Karen Todner said Cleary suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome and that any move to extradite him to the U.S. would be “fiercely contested.”
Cleary faces a maximum of 25 years in prison if convicted on all U.S. charges.
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