Two Operation Payback Hackers Sentenced In U.K.

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More than two years after Anonymous brought down the websites of MasterCard, Visa and PayPal, a court in the U.K. has handed down its first jail terms to two people who were accused of aiding in the high-profile hack. The sentencing came just months before some of the founding members of LulzSec are set to face charges in London for a series of hacks the group reportedly masterminded.

Christopher Weatherhead, 22, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, while Ashley Rhodes, 28, was sentenced to 7 months in late January, for using their home computers to launch DDoS attacks as part of Operation Payback.

According to Forbes, Judge Peter Testar told Weatherhead and Ashley during the sentencing that it was“intolerable that when an individual or a group disagrees with a particular entity’s activities, they should be free to curtail that activity by means of attacks such as those which took place in this case.”

Another defendant, Peter Gibson, was slapped with a 6-month sentence, suspended for 2 years, reports the BBC.

 

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