Graham Cluley argues that it's not cool, or funny, to hack into companies, expose the private information of members of the general public, and to launch denial of service attacks.
Four members of the notorious LulzSec hacking gang, who attacked websites belonging to the likes of the CIA, the NHS and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), are due to be sentenced by the UK authorities.
Southwark Crown Court in London has heard that three members of the LulzSec hacking gang have chosen to plead guilty to charges that they launched distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against a series of organisations including the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Hector Monsegur, the notorious hacker known as "Sabu," once railed against the establishment. Now he owes his freedom to the good graces of federal authorities, who successfully lobbied for a six month extension on his sentencing.
Jake Davis and Ryan Cleary have entered guilty pleas to some of the charges against them related to LulzSec attacks on high profile websites last year.
The sorry saga of Ryan Cleary, now 20 years old and an alleged hacker from the group LulzSec, continues to unfold.
Arrested in the UK, charged, released and then re-arrested, Cleary now faces federal hacking charges in the USA as well.
Ryan Cleary breached his bail agreement by using the internet..
.. to contact LulzSec leader Sabu (who just happened to be secretly working for the FBI).
A teenage boy from Chester has been charged by British police in connection with a series of internet attacks by the Anonymous hacktivist group.
Meanwhile, another hacking suspect is denied access.. to his girlfriend.
Paul Ducklin joins Chester this week for Chet Chat episode 65. Chet and Paul discuss the impact of the recent FBI arrests of scareware purveyors, the arrest of Ryan Cleary and LulzSec's latest stunts, Trojanized WordPress plugins and the imaginary world of Bitcoin digital currency.
The hacking suspect, charged with launching a denial-of-service attack against the SOCA website, suffers from Asperger's syndrome and agoraphobia, a London court is told.
The arrest of a 19-year-old man suspected of being connected with the LulzSec internet attacks against various organisations has certainly made the headlines. Graham Cluley takes a closer look at the front pages of the UK press.