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Hacktivist Jake

SHETLAND teenager Jake Davis accused of hacking into websites under the pseudonym ‘Topiary’ has had his trial delayed until 11 May.

Davis was due to enter a plea at Southwark Crown Court in London along with fellow accused hacker 19 year old Ryan Cleary, but the trial was pushed back due to a continuing investigation into the “possible complicity of others”, with the case being described a “significant and complex international investigation”.

Mr Davis was arrested by police in July 2011 at his address in Hoofields, Lerwick, before being flown to London where he spent five days in the cells. He was eventually bailed to his mother Jenny Davis’ home in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Police identified him as ‘hacktivist’ Topiary, who had been a spokesman for widespread hacking groups Anonymous and LulzSec.

He faces five charges, including conspiracy to carry out a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), in which their website would have been flooded with traffic to make it crash.

As part of his bail conditions, Mr Davis is not allowed access to the internet or a mobile phone. These same conditions have carried forward with the new plea date.