LulzSec suspect Ryan Cleary sent back to jail – for contacting Sabu

Ryan Cleary. Image source: BBCRyan Cleary, the British teenager whose arrest made international headlines last year linking him to the notorious LulzSec hacking gang, is back behind bars after breaching his bail conditions.

According to reports, Cleary – who has been charged with launching distributed denial-of-service attacks against the likes of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) – breached his bail conditions by accessing the internet over Christmas.

And who is he said to have contacted on the net? None other than LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur (alias “Sabu”).

Ironically, Sabu was recently revealed to have betrayed LulzSec members, and associated Anonymous hacktivists, by secretly working for the FBI for many months.

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It now transpires that the authorities re-arrested Cleary on March 5th, the day before the news that Sabu had been working secretly for the authorities was made public.

Cleary’s solicitor, Karen Todner, says that her client is being held in Chelmsford Prison.

It has been claimed that Cleary suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, and there have also been suggestions that he had a difficult childhood.

Image credit: BBC


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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