Over the last several years, many Americans have, unfortunately, had to experience the hacking group, which is formally known as “Anonymous.” While Anonymous is not known for attempting to hack personal computers like ordinary hackers are, they still have their way of attempting to ruin people’s lives. Their primary emphasis is to attack the websites of corporations and government offices who have done things, such as implementing new policies, that the group believes is against people’s rights. In a way, it looks like they are standing up for the rights of people who want to keep their browsing private and essentially do what they want. However, the bottom line is that they are not only punishing the websites, but they are also getting private information about people from these sites.
After it seemed like “Anonymous” was too good to get caught with any kind of hacking act, three people have finally been brought to justice. The first man, Christopher Weatherhead, 22, of Northampton was arrested and sentenced to 18 months. The second party charged, Ashley Rhodes, 28, of Camberwell was sentenced to seven months. The third man, Jake Birchall, of Chester was also arrested, but he will not even face his charges until a week from today, February 1.The biggest hacking job the two, if not the third man, were involved in was PayPal, which allegedly cost the site millions of dollars in one day as numerous information was stolen and leaked. For their actions, at least two of the three people have been found guilty of conspiring to impair the operation of computers; an activity that spanned from the first of August in 2010 until late January in 2011.
In the actions that were described as “Operation Payback,” many are extremely happy that at least a few members from the group have finally been apprehended. The judge, Peter Testar, also offered a great deal of reassurance that the two would be sentenced for what they deserved. Testar said, “it is 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.”
We will keep you updated on future stories regarding the story; including what charges and how long of a sentence Jake Birchall will receive at his hearing next Thursday.