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Published On: Sun, Dec 9th, 2012

Christopher Weatherhead, British student, convicted on hacking charges, linked to Anonymous

Christopher Weatherhead, a 22-year-old British student, has been convicted for taking part in cyber-attacks carried out by Anonymous.

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He and three others were arrested over attacks on Paypal, Mastercard, Visa and the BPI as part of “Operation Payback”.

Denial of service (DDoS) attacks were carried out against the companies rending their websites replaced by a message reading:

“You’ve tried to bite the Anonymous hand. You angered the hive and now you are being stung.”

Prosecutor Russell Tyner said Weatherhead and the others targeted companies in the music industry involved in combating Internet piracy and firms that had stopped processing online donations to the data-leaking site WikiLeaks.

Tyner said the attacks cost these companies more than 3.5 million pounds $5.6 million.

Weatherhead was convicted of conspiracy to impair the operation of computers under the Criminal Law Act 1977.

Three others were also charged:

Peter Gibson, 24, Ashley Rhodes, 28, and Jake Birchall, 18 – who all pled guilty at earlier hearings.

A sentence is yet to be passed down with Judge Peter Testar explaining, “I want to have as much information as possible before deciding what should happen in the case of these four men.

“I think these are serious offences to my mind, and I hope the defendant understands that.”

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