In the Media

LulzSec hacker jailed over internet protest

PUBLISHED May 31, 2013

Monday 03 June 2013 by Jonathan Rayner

Who? Adel Buckingham (pictured), 33, criminal defence solicitor in the serious crime department at London firm Leslie Franks.

Why is she in the news? Acted for Jake Davis, who in mid-May was sentenced to 24 months in a young offenders institute, for his part in hacking into the computer systems of the FBI, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the CIA, the Sun newspaper and others.

As part of the LulzSec hacking collective, Davis published confidential databases, revealed thousands of people's logins and passwords, and even crashed a website linked to the FBI. Detective superintendent Charlie McMurdie, head of the Metropolitan Police central e-crime unit, told the BBC the collective had been 'running riot, causing significant harm to businesses and people' and even risking lives.

Davis was jailed along with three other LulzSec members.

Thoughts on the case: 'The case highlighted the importance of balancing the individual's right to protest and the global platform that the internet provides with the potential threat to others' privacy and national security.'

Dealing with the media: 'We organised a pre-recorded interview with BBC's Newsnight so that Mr Davis could explain his position. This was aired on the evening of his sentence.'

Why become a lawyer? 'Everyone deserves the right to a fair trial and nothing is more important than a person's liberty.'

Career high: 'Every small victory that we achieve for vulnerable people in everyday practice.'

Career low: 'This country has the best criminal justice system in the world, but current proposals for price-competitive tendering threaten to destroy it. People must be able to choose who represents them and we must have the resources to be able to do so properly.'