The Met took to Twitter to warn off would be hackers as the US government reported on hacktivists
The statement said: “These offences cover the acts of unauthorised access to personal accounts, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and intrusive hacks where data is taken or systems changed.”
The Met’s statement came just as a briefing from America’s Department of Homeland Security branded Anonymous and Lulzsec “Script Kiddies”.
The briefing said that the groups continue to be successful using rudimentary methods to harass public and private organisations.
“So far, Anonymous has not demonsrated any capability to inflict damage to critical infrastructure,” it says.
“However, some members of Lulzsec have demonstrated moderately higher levels of skill and creativity.
It also said that Lulzsec’s release of law enforcement data put government personnel at risk of serious harm.
More to come?
The Met this week charged 18-year-old Jake Davis with offences under the Computer Misuse Act, including a DDoS attack on the Serious and Organised Crime Agency’s (SOCA) website.
Davis is currently on bail as is another suspected Lulzsec member also charged with the SOCA attack, Essex teenager Ryan Cleary, but this week’s Twitter message from the Met hint that authorities believe there could be more arrests to come.
Arrests of Lulzsec and Anonymous suspects have been made in the United States, Spain, Turkey, Britain and the Netherlands in a global hacking crackdown following a series of high profile and embarassing data breaches and DDoS attacks.