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Prosecutor alleges Anonymous attacks cost PayPal £3.5m

Courts in the UK are currently hearing arguments against hackers allegedly involved with Anonymous. According to courtroom testimony, Anonymous targeted companies that opposed internet piracy but expanded its targets to include PayPal after the payment processor refused to process payments intended to help keep Wikileaks operating.

One of the defendants is Christopher Weatherhead, a 22-year-old student from Northampton University. Whitehead stands accused on a charge of conspiracy to impair the operation of computers between August 1, 2010 and January 22, 2011.
 
Weatherhead denies the charge of conspiracy. During arguments in the Weatherhead case, the court was told that other Anonymous participants had already pled guilty to the conspiracy charge.

The prosecutor in the case, Sandip Patel, said that the group of hackers had caused PayPal "enormous economic harm." Patel accuses Weatherhead of encouraging an attack against PayPal and posting plans for an attack on an IRC channel using the name Nerdo.

Patel added that over 100 PayPal workers spent three weeks working on issues related to the Anonymous attacks. He also noted that PayPal had to spend large sums of money on software and hardware to defend against similar attacks in the future working out to an estimated overall cost of £3.5m.

Patel describes Weatherhead as being part of a "small cabal of leaders" of Anonymous and a network administrator for the group. A raid on Weatherhead's home resulted in the seizure of computer equipment and Patel said that Weatherhead's passwords were variations of the words "Nerdo is the best (or worst) hacker in the world."

Weatherhead claimed the seized computer belonged to his sister.

Source: BBC



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Make them pay, dearly
By Beenthere on 11/23/2012 2:52:14 PM , Rating: 0
Treble damages and five years in prison should be the absolute minimum punishment for this hacking.




RE: Make them pay, dearly
By mackx on 11/23/2012 5:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
my problem with these types of crimes is comparing the sentence to the sentence someone that beat the crap out of someone, commited manslaughter etc gets. why is cyber attacking, hacking, whatever, piracy etc worse than crimes that actually affected someone directly?

in this case paypal were found lacking as they should have already spent the money to protect their systems (and our personal data) from hackers.

putting a hacker in jail to potentially meet up with real criminals maybe a bad idea


RE: Make them pay, dearly
By bsd228 on 11/23/2012 7:28:21 PM , Rating: 1
> my problem with these types of crimes is comparing the sentence to the sentence someone that beat the crap out of someone, commited manslaughter etc gets. why is cyber attacking, hacking, whatever, piracy etc worse than crimes that actually affected someone directly

You don't think people are directly affected when their money is stolen or their identity compromised? Nice bubble you live in, or are you one of these cyber thieves?


RE: Make them pay, dearly
By inperfectdarkness on 11/23/2012 9:24:32 PM , Rating: 1
kill a man, destroying one life, get the chair.

bankrupt 10,000 people, destroying their lives and that of their family members, get 20 years in prison.

god bless 'murica.


RE: Make them pay, dearly
By cubby1223 on 11/23/2012 9:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
my problem with these types of crimes is comparing the sentence to the sentence someone that beat the crap out of someone, commited manslaughter etc gets. why is cyber attacking, hacking, whatever, piracy etc worse than crimes that actually affected someone directly?

in this case paypal were found lacking as they should have already spent the money to protect their systems (and our personal data) from hackers.


That's like trying to claim it was the murder victim's fault for not equipping himself in body armor when he woke up that morning. The guy with the gun holds no responsibility, those who got shot should have been better prepared.


RE: Make them pay, dearly
By Samus on 11/24/2012 4:48:25 AM , Rating: 2
Whether intentional or unintentional, stealing money will cause direct harm to people one way or another, and you should accept the consequences. If any suicide is connected to the financial hardship caused by stolen funds, you should be charged with manslaughter, assisted murder/second-degree murder, etc. You are partially responsible.


RE: Make them pay, dearly
By rdhood on 11/26/2012 9:47:54 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
That's like trying to claim it was the murder victim's fault for not equipping himself in body armor when he woke up that morning. The guy with the gun holds no responsibility, those who got shot should have been better prepared.


Wrong. The guy with the guns IS responsible, but in this case the victim is an army battalion, and they all got drunk and fell asleep at the same time.

Everyone can agree that Anonymous is completely responsible. Everyone can also agree that the bank needs to put a lock on the vault, even in absence of bank robbers.

If ebay/paypal had security problems, they needed to fix those even in absence of Anonymous.


"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes














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