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Teenager Ryan Cleary Arrested for Hacking CIA, Senate

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Police in London have arrested a teenager who is accused of masterminding the computer hacking attacks on the CIA, the U.S. Senate and other computer networks.

Ryan Cleary, 19, was arrested at his family's house, where he said to "live his life online," according to a report in the Daily Mail. His mother said Cleary suffers from agoraphobia and has not left the house in four years.

He now faces possible extradition to the United States, where he could be sentenced to up to 60 years in prison if he's convicted of hacking.

Last week both the Senate and CIA websites were broken into, resulting login details compromised, and the CIA network shut down for three hours.

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However, the group believed to be behind these and other attacks, Lulz Security, said Cleary is not part of its core group.

It tweeted:

"Ryan Cleary is not part of LulzSec; we house one of our many legitimate chatrooms on his IRC server, but that's it. We use Ryan's server, we also use Efnet, 2600, Rizon and AnonOps IRC servers. That doesn't mean they're all part of our group."

But authorities are not so sure of that. A joint Scotland Yard-FBI investigation led to Cleary, resulting in his arrest.

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