Four men appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court today in connection with various Anonymous and LulzSec internet attacks, and were granted bail on the condition that they did not use specific online nicknames on the internet or IRC.
Hackers affiliated with Anonymous and LulzSec have used IRC (Internet Relay Chat) channels as their primary method of coordinating attacks and communicating with each other, using online nicknames as a veil of anonymity.
The men will break the conditions of their bail if they use specific online nicknames on websites:
20-year-old Christopher Jan Weatherhead, from Northampton, cannot use the internet nickname “Nerdo”.
Ashley Rhodes, 26, from London, is banned from calling himself “NikonElite” online.
22-year-old student Peter David Gibson, of Hartlepool, County Durham, is banned from using the name “Peter” on the internet (which must be…
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.