Suspected Lulz Hacker Told Mum He Was Gaming, Not Hacking

The teen linked by international law enforcement to anarchist hacking group LulzSec told family he was spending his days and nights locked in his room gaming, not hacking, the Mirror reports.

Ryan Cleary, 19, was arrested earlier this week in connection with a string of attacks on websites around the world. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation by Scotland Yard and the FBI.

Speaking to British press this week, Cleary's mother and brother say they can't believe the teen was a member of hacking group LulzSec, which has claimed responsibility for online attacks of the CIA, PBS, Nintendo and Sony.

Mother Rita Cleary, 44, said her son "lives his life online".

"I thought he was playing computer games in his room," she told the Mirror. "I can't believe it. He rarely left the house.

"I asked him what he was doing and he said he was playing games. Maybe I was naive to believe him."

Investigators told the Mirror that searches of his home and computer led to a "significant amount of material" and that he now faces extradition to the US.

Cleary was remanded to police custody in London today, while not yet entering any plea to the five charges he faces. The teen's attorney says he is assisting police with their investigation into Lulzsec.

Teenage global hacker suspect's mum: I thought he was just playing computer games


Comments

    hahaha

    "lives his life online"
    "rarely left the house"
    "Assisting police investigate into lulsec"

    I know where the real lulz are at now.

    Hermit nerd, never leaves his mums basement, thinks he is invincible, Gets caught, then dogs out his mates.

    Lulz.

      I always knew these guys were neckbeards. Just not teenage neckbeards. I'm sure they're all shitting themselves at how they're all in way over their heads.

    The family that games together, knows when their kids lieing. ;)

      ^ This. (Oh: Lying, not lieing.)

      "Jimmy, what have you been doing?"
      "Gaming, Mum."
      "Yeah? What've you been playing? It better have been a good excuse not to be joining us in Rift last night. Our PUG DPSer was crap. I can keep your father up while he tanks, like... forever, but eventually the mob's gotta die before we do... from old age."
      "Uh, just some single-player stuff, console."
      "Your gamer-tag hasn't been updated in a while. What's your score? Have you been being a NOOB again? Momma didn't raise no n00bs."

    He sure is one geeky nerd

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