Saturday, July 23, 2011

FBI Arrests 14 for Alleged Involvement in ‘Anonymous’ DDoS Attacks

From New New Internet Blog - seems Anon not so untouchable after all. FBI clearly got some impressive skills - for confirmation of this let's see if there are any convictions. 

FBI Arrests 14 for Alleged Involvement in 'Anonymous' DDoS Attacks

The FBI announced this week the arrest of 14 suspected members of hacking collective Anonymous for their alleged involvement in December's cyber attack on PayPal's website.

The arrests are part of FBI's ongoing investigation into coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations. The 14 individuals were arrested in 10 different states across the country and are being charged for allegedly coordinating and executing attacks against PayPal's computer servers.

In late November 2010, PayPal suspended the WikiLeaks' account after the whistle-blower site leaked confidential State Department cables. The action froze WikiLeaks' ability to receive donations, and the site declared PayPal "tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks."

In retaliation of PayPal's actions against WikiLeaks, some members of Anonymous launched denial-of-service attacks against the site as part of their plan, "Operation Avenge Assange."

Following their arrests, the defendants were charged with various counts of conspiracy and intentional damage to a protected computer. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while the intentional damage charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 charge.

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