Man Charged with Hacking UK Police, Universities

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Lewys Martin, 20, has been charged with 17 offenses in relation to his alleged involvement in cyber attacks on the Web sites of Cambridge University, Oxford University, and the Kent Police.

"Martin, of Walmer, Kent, faces charges relating to the theft and use of personal data and allegedly failing to disclose passwords to encrypted equipment," Cambridge News reports. "The charges follow an inquiry by Kent Police's special branch investigations team and the force's digital forensic unit."

"Martin is alleged to have launched 11 attacks in a bid to make websites unusable," KentOnline reports.

"He is charged with eight counts of unauthorised acts with intent to impair operation of or prevent or hinder access to a computer, and three of unauthorised computer access with intent to commit other offences," BBC News reports. "Mr Martin also faces four charges of obtaining an article for supply for use to commit or to assist in commission of computer misuse, and two of failing to comply with a notice to disclose the key to protected information."

It's been a rough year for Martin -- he was previously sentenced to a year and a half in prison in May for distributing malware disguised as a patch for the game 'Call of Duty,' though he was only caught when he broke into a school to steal equipment.