An 18 year old has been charged in connection with an attack by hacking group LulzSec on the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) website.

Jake Davis from the Shetland Islands was arrested last week and will appear in court today. He used the name 'Topiary' during his online activities and is thought to held a leading role within LulzSec, which was disbanded last month after a high-profile attack on News International.

Davis has been charged with accessing computer system without authorisation, as well as, conspiracy to commit, encouraging and assisting a distributed denial of service attack.

In June this year, the SOCA website was inaccessible for several hours following a DoS attack. LulzSec then later claimed responsability for the attack on its Twitter page. The attack came just hours after the hacking group revealed it has joined forces with Anonymous, another hacking group that last December led attacks against companies that had withdrawn payment and hosting services from WikiLeaks, to target the world's governments.

The arrest comes after 19 year-old Ryan Cleary from Essex was arrested in June in conjunction with the attack. An unnamed 16-year old boy from south London was also arrested and bailed last month in relation to the attack.