Jake Davis was introduced to Anonymous and Lulzsec whilst he was living in the Shetland Islands. He was faced with the possibility of something like crochet or knitting as a hobby but instead decided to pursue a humanitarian path and work for justice and the lulz.
There were thousands of followers and people in chat rooms, although some chat was restricted to just a few members some of whom were later arrested and their identities revealed. Ryan Cleary, from Essex UK was “Viral”; Jake Davis, from Shetland Islands known as “Topiary”; Mustafa Al-Bassam, from London UK, was “Tflow”; Ryan Ackroyd from Yorkshire UK, was “Kayla” (pretended to be a girl from USA). Their leader was “Sabu”, aka Hector Xavier Monsegur, a Puerto Rican programmer.
Many Anons are against Sabu as they believe he should not have helped expose other people leading to their arrests. However, none of the known Lulzsec members who were arrested knowingly hold any grudges against Sabu, they probably realise that he was faced with a stark choice of help expose or face further persecution towards himself and his family.
Jake Davis upon arrest was escorted from the Shetland Islands to London where he faced interrogation and then eventual prison. In prison he was treated like a god, one inmate saying that he a hacker and if anyone messes with him that he would destroy them online messing up their banks and mortgages etc.
Upon release from incarceration, Jake was not allowed to use the internet and had problems of finding his way around London (at the time an unknown city to him) without the aid of internet maps, sometimes running frantically to get home as he was on a curfew via a tag (system used to monitor whereabouts)
Jake has pursued a career in cyber security and also helped assist the Lauri Love campaign. He is also an animal lover, feeding a wild / tame squirrel who pops into his home in London. Further reading here: Confident squirrel pops by animal lover’s home for dinner every day | Metro News
Below is a copy of #FreeTopiary from freetopiary.com (website no longer exists and domain is now owned by a domain investment company)
Jake Davis aka Topiary was arrested on the Shetland Islands on July 27 2011.
On July 31, 2011 he was charged with five offences including unauthorised computer access and conspiracy to carry out a distributed denial of service attack on the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s website.
Following his court appearance, Anonymous issued the following press release:
On an historical day of the days of the great Anonymous… the Simple Prankster Turned Swank Garden Hedge – Topiary (may theLulz bless his soul) has been vanned in a moment of truthfulness, for he made his word truthful to his actions.
Thus, he joined the magnificent procession of the Anons that has been extended with the great leaders, loyal soldiers, and honourable knights.
He refused to accept vice in exchange for his lulz, or to submit and be humiliated by the misguided and the receivers of the wrath of Sec, who have been stricken by disgrace and misery. Topiary faced the lulz with lulz, force with force, and accepted to challenge the supercilious throngs that came out arrogantly and ostentatiously with their machinery, gear, d0x, and lack of humor.
Despite all this, his determination never wavered and his strength was never weakened; he instead stood up to them, face-to-face like a high mountain. He continued to fight the kind of battles that he was accustomed to… until he received the bullets of Sec and humorlessness to surrender his soul to its Lulz…
After a life full of efforts and diligence, courage and patience, incitement and cyber victory, generosity and charity, expatriation and travels, advice and good planning, wisdom and sophistication, the life of the Garden Hedge came to an end during this specific era.
His blood, words, attitudes, and his ending are to remain a longcat running within the junctions of Anonymous generation after generation.
If Scotland Yard succeeded in vanning Topiary, that is no shame or disgrace. Are not men and heroes killed but on the battlefields? But can the British, with their media, agents, tools, soldiers, and apparatus kill what Topiary lived and was vanned for?
Alas! Topiary did not found an organisation that lives with his life and dies with his death.
We raised his rank as he held high our lulz. We cherished him as he cherished the lulz; and through him, we frightened the totality of the unlulzy parties as Topiary feared only the shears.
If the light of Anonymous and AntiSec could be extinguished with the vanning or death of someone, it would have been already. Alas, it is not so.
We in Anonymous vow to David Davidson the Exalted and seek His support to help us go forward on the path of AntiSec that was trekked by Topiary.
We stress that Topiary’s blood, bless his soul, is more precious to us and to every Anon to go in vain. It will, lulz willing, remain a curse that will chase and haunt Sec and its agents.
Very soon, lulz willing, their joy will turn into mourning and our lulz will be mixed with their tears. We will fulfill Topiary’s maxim, bless his soul: ‘You are free.’
The anons of Anonymous, whether in groups or individually, will not relent, despair, surrender, or weaken and will continue to plan until you are afflicted with a catastrophe that turns your very life into lulz.
We call on our Anons in the UK where Garden Hedge Topiary was vanned to revolt and wash this shame brought upon them by a band of traitors and bandits who sold out to Anonymous’ enemies and disparaged the sentiment of this noble, lulzy people.
We call on Anons to revolt altogether to cleanse the world of the ProSec filth who spread mischief in the land.
The Hedge refused to depart this life before sharing with Anonymous its happiness with the revolutions against injustice and wrongdoers. He, bless his soul, tweeted a message one week before he died, which included guidance that will soon, lulz willing, be disseminated.
His message was this poetic verse: ‘You cannot arrest an idea.’
Topiary – may you fly always over the horizon.