A teenager from Shetland appeared in court yesterday in London, charged with a series of computer hacking attacks.

Scotland Yard believe Jake Davis, also known as Topiary, “co-ordinated” a series of high profile attacks.

He is believed to be the leader of two online activist groups, Anonymous and LulzSec.

The 18-year-old was arrested in a raid at his home, in a small chalet on a mobile home site in Lerwick.

He is accused of targeting the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s (SOCA) website, which was taken offline for a few hours following a cyber attack on June 20.

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He is also charged with an attack on an NHS trust, News of the World publishers News International and Sony.

The court heard that Davis faces five charges including an attempt to crash the SOCA website by overrunning it with traffic. He faces jail if he is found guilty.

He was released on bail yesterday until August 30, on the condition that he does not access the internet. He must also stick to a 10pm to 7am curfew and wear an electronic tag.

Davis’ gran Dorothy said: “We’re all very upset at what has happened. Jake is a lovely boy and we’re all just shocked.”