A teenager has been charged with hacking into websites including The Sun, The Times and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

Jake Davis, 18, has been released on bail after appearing in custody at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London to face five charges.

The charges include conspiring to carry out a distributed denial of service attack on the police agency, gaining unauthorised access to a computer system, two counts of conspiracy to commit offences and encouraging or assisting offences.

Said to use the nickname "Topiary", the alleged hacker was arrested at his home in the Shetland Islands. The arrest was made by officers probing hacking groups such as LulzSec and Anonymous.

Davis is believed to have hacked into The Sun and The Times, as well as the East London National Health Service Foundation Trust.

The teen has been ordered to wear an electronic tag and he has to abide by a curfew from 10pm to 7am. He isn't allowed to access the internet via a computer or a mobile phone.

Davis will appear at Southwark Crown Court on August 30.