The suspected LulzSec hacker 19-year-old Ryan Cleary could face up to ten years in jail in the US if he is found guilty of hacking into the CIA and US Senate websites, it has been reported.
The following are some key details about the reclusive baby-faced hacker who was arrested in England on Tuesday.
Ryan Cleary is believed to be the LulzSec mastermind who attacked Sony, the US Central Intelligence Agency and the US Senate.
According to Cleary's mother he is an ultimate recluse. He left his bedroom only to use the bathroom and had never gone out of the house in the last four years. He suffers from agoraphobia -- the fear or open spaces -- and has been a confirmed Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) personality. His mother would leave his food outside the door.
According to the Sun, Cleary is a heavy metal fan who has been thrown out of two schools for disruptive behavior. Ryan is obsessed with computers. He's a bit of a geek. That's all he does - he's a recluse. He locks himself in his room every day, closes the curtains and spends hours at a time online, Cleary's 22-year-old half brother told the Sun.
Ryan used to be part of WikiLeaks. He has upset someone doing that and they made a Facebook page having a go at him, said half brother Mitchell.
The British police believe Cleary is part of the inner ring of the LulzSec and that his arrest could give vital leads to the hacker group. But LulzSec insisted that he is not part of them. Ryan Cleary is not part of LulzSec; we house one of our many legitimate chatrooms on his IRC server, but that's it, LulzSec tweeted. Clearly the UK police are so desperate to catch us that they've gone and arrested someone who is, at best, mildly associated with us. Lame, the group tweeted.
However, the feared hacker-activist group LulzSec immediately stated Cleary was not a member of the group but, somewhat in contradicting fashion, named the people it suspects to have shopped Cleary. They said in twitter post: RIP Ryan. Narced by m_nerva aka cimx aka rq42 and hann. Ryan hosted IRC for ED and other chans. Had nothing to do with lulzsec.
They also reviled the black sheep saying: These goons begged us for mercy after they apologized to us all night for leaking some of our affiliates' logs. And there was further threat. There is no mercy on The Lulz Boat.
The arrest of Cleary came within hours of the UK's premier investigating agency's website being taken off following a cyber attack. Detectives swooped down on Cleary's Essex home dramatically and nabbed him from the bedroom, which he had not left apparently for almost four years.
Under revised US laws Cleary will face up to ten years in jail. He is highly likely to be extradited to the US. As per the current laws, first-time hacking offenders can only receive up to ten year sentences. And the maximum sentence for simple data theft is currently only five years. The Obama administration has urged Congress to pass new laws that would double the maximum sentence hackers could receive.