As part of its ongoing battle against the notorious hacktivist collectives Anonymous and LulzSec, the British Metropolitan police recently issued a public warning via Twitter to U.K. members of the two organizations reminding them of the laws on computer misuse.
The tweet follows the court appearance this week of Jake Davis, an 18-year-old from Shetland who authorities believed to have used the online alias “Topiary ” and was acting as a leading member of LulzSec.
“The investigation into the criminal activity of so-called ‘hacktivist’ groups Anonymous and LulzSec continues,” read the warning. “We want to remind people of the law in this area.”
The Scotland Yard officials then went on to outline the U.K. computer legislation.
“Anyone considering accessing a computer without authority should understand that such acts are unlawful and can carry a term of imprisonment,” they tweeted.
Over the past two months, the Scotland Yard has quadrupled its cyber crime unit to 85 officers and has had its budget increased by $49 million to combat cyber criminals. It has also helped coordinate an international investigation into the hackers linked to attacks on gaming firms and government agencies.
In response to the Met’s warning, Anonymous answered with tweet of its own. “Dear Met: When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes a duty… Also, unlawful does not equal illegitimate. We will not accept laws that the ruling class ignores whenever they choose to.”