Teenage hacker sentenced in UK for cyber-attacks

Feb 01, 2013

A British court has sentenced a teenage hacker to youth rehabilitation after he and other members of the Anonymous movement carried out cyber-attacks targeting financial sites like PayPal and Visa.

Jake Birchall had admitted conspiring to impair the operation of computers in 2010 and 2011. The 18-year-old Birchall was sentenced Friday to 18 months of rehabilitation and 60 hours of unpaid work.

Three other co-defendants, aged 22 to 28, were given jail sentences of up to 18 months last week for their part in the attacks. They targeted groups involved in combating and companies that had stopped processing online donations to WikiLeaks.

The websites for Mastercard and were disrupted, and said the attacks cost it 3.5 million pounds ($5.5 million.)

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ScooterG
1 / 5 (2) Feb 01, 2013
There's not much crime deterrence in these sentences. Lock these boys away for 40 years or so and the remaining Anonymous criminals might think twice before they hack another site.
frajo
not rated yet Feb 02, 2013
You obviously favour the war crimes that have been uncovered by Wikileaks. So who is more criminal?
ScooterG
1 / 5 (2) Feb 02, 2013
Who said anything about war crimes? What is your point?
IronhorseA
not rated yet Feb 02, 2013
Maybe they'll show up on an episode of 'Misfits'. ;P

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