Three Anonymous members plead guilty over PayPal attack

Depending on your thoughts and opinions, the Anonymous group goes from being a self-proclaimed fighter, fighting for your freedom online, to a bunch of fools ruining the internet for everyone. Now PayPal has taken four alleged Anonymous members to court for their role in disrupting the site's availability.

The company alleges they lost £3.5 million as a result of the attacks from Anonymous and three of the four people arrested for the crimes have already entered a guilty plea. They are:

  • 27-year-old Ashley Rhodes, from Camberwell, South London.
  • 24-year-old Peter Gibson, from Hartlepool.
  • Unnamed 18-year-old male.
  • 22-year-old Christopher Weatherhead, at Northampton University did not plead guilty,

Due to the UK's approach to justice, the 18-year-old's identity has not been established. Their attack on PayPal was the evolution of a suggestion made by Gibson, to attack former popstar Lily Allen's website. Allen is known for her stance on piracy, and a Neowin thread from November 2009 chronicles her backtracking from a previous outburst about the evils of piracy.

These attacks were part of "Operation Payback". The idea behind it was - yup, you guessed it - to get payback for Julian Assange and Wikileaks. In typical Anonymous fashion, the group attained payback through Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

When the page went down, prosecutor Sandip Patel claims that users would be redirected to a page stating:

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

There's no such thing as an organized group called Anonymous, for they operate on a different system. Anyone can become Anonymous, and the three above were anonymous; at least for a little while.

Source: BBC | Image via TechNutty

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It is pretty trivial to do a untraceable DDOS attack. The trick is to be methodical.

First, find the victim's weakness, second is to find a zombie (or bot machine), third, use an untraceable network (public wifi is pretty safe, just fake a MAC) to attack the bot machine then, the bot machine will attack the main victim (it is some sort of indirect attack). Fourth, attack and delete (safe delete) all evidences.

I repeat, some groups has worked since Reagan/BBS era, and most are still up and running in the shadows.

So, the ways to catch a hacker is:
a) catch a fake hacker / script kiddie.
b) use a rat.

Even more, if a hacker did a mistake then, it is still hard to prove it.
a) an email can be created by any guy, the information could be false. And even more, the account can be hacked.
b) an ip identify a network node and nothing more. It could (for example) identify a specific house but it couldn't identify an individual (unless he lives alone).
c) a PC is not *ahem* personal, it could be shared amongst other people.

Agree with ghost walker on this.
You'd be amazed what sites paypal do allow transactions from, all sorts of dirty, disgusting, illegal sites, yet they have blocked wikileaks

barteh said,
Agree with ghost walker on this.
You'd be amazed what sites paypal do allow transactions from, all sorts of dirty, disgusting, illegal sites, yet they have blocked wikileaks

List some of the sites, inform the right people, and perhaps action will be taken. You miss the entire point. They affected innocent people in this charade they called justice. You see a tiny picture. I see the bigger one. So yes, they were wrong, and they got caught. The group... and yes, it's a group, or they'd not have videos, catchphrases and dialogs, have this bigger than thou attitude, and when this kind of thing happens, it usually just shows that they're a bunch of internet trolls thinking they're the great and mighty.

Spirit Dave said,

The group... and yes, it's a group, or they'd not have videos, catchphrases and dialogs, have this bigger than thou attitude, and when this kind of thing happens, it usually just shows that they're a bunch of internet trolls thinking they're the great and mighty.

The very moment someone trys to group anonymous, just shows how ignorant they are on the concept.

Ad Man Gamer said,

The very moment someone trys to group anonymous, just shows how ignorant they are on the concept.

Not ignorant at all. I know the concept behind it. But the moment they put out official statements, they become a group. At some point, some people had to have agreed that statement. And those people are the group. Otherwise it's the word of any specific random... and who makes the rules? I know there are rules, because if you say the wrong thing, you get a denial from them that that person was associated. Associated with what? The group. The concept they try to sell us ... and you... is false. Most of the people in the group, don't think they're in it ... and aren't, because they become simple pawns in the game that the core people play. But there are core people. If you think there aren't, you have some crazy ideas in your head. Because NONE of what they do could happen without a core 'group' of members.

And those members .. the group, and it's stragglers, are a bunch of douche sacks

So you'd rather support a police and corrupt controlled world than a free world?
At least they do something to stand up.

I agree they do ****ty stuff too, but sometimes they dare to step up where others don't

Well, if he's not guilty of being involved, I hope he goes free. But if he was involved, I hope he rots in an insurmountable amount of fines at the very least.

Christopher Weatherhead did not plea guilty.
Whoever put up this article should read the source better first.

From the source

"He has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to impair the operation of computers between 1 August 2010 and 22 January 2011."

Bunch of idiots thought they were indestructible ... I love when stories like this hit. It warms my heart I hate geeky punks online who think they can get away with f**king up other people's s**t.

That's because you're a nodding dolt that bends over for anything and everything your government tells you to and can't see past your own small pathetic little world. Whatever they're motivations, anonymous is showing the world that there are some ways of fighting back against TPTB. So just sit there in your ignorance and selfishness while men fight your battles.

Hahaiah said,
That's because you're a nodding dolt that bends over for anything and everything your government tells you to and can't see past your own small pathetic little world. Whatever they're motivations, anonymous is showing the world that there are some ways of fighting back against TPTB. So just sit there in your ignorance and selfishness while men fight your battles.

I couldn't have stated that any better! Agree 100%

Hahaiah said,
That's because you're a nodding dolt that bends over for anything and everything your government tells you to and can't see past your own small pathetic little world. Whatever they're motivations, anonymous is showing the world that there are some ways of fighting back against TPTB. So just sit there in your ignorance and selfishness while men fight your battles.

Spirit Dave's post does not suggest or imply what you are saying about him.

However, what you are implying is that if someone does not agree with the government then they should be destructive, interrupt people's life's and cost other people money. There are better ways for people to show their opinions and to make changes.