13 Alleged Anonymous Hackers Indicted In Cyberattacks

Law360, New York (October 3, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT) -- Federal prosecutors on Thursday brought criminal conspiracy charges against 13 alleged members of the hacker group Anonymous, accusing them of orchestrating a worldwide series of cyberattacks on the websites of anti-piracy groups, government agencies, intellectual property law firms and others.

According to a grand jury indictment filed in Virginia federal court, the attacks were part of a coordinated campaign dubbed “Operation Payback” that between September 2010 and January 2011 flooded targeted websites with a “huge volume of irrelevant Internet traffic with the intent to make the resources on the websites unavailable to customers and users of those websites.”

“Operation Payback targeted...

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