UK police charge alleged Anonymous hacker

Police have charged a man who allegedly carried out hacks as part of the hacking collective known as Anonymous. Student Peter David Gibson from Hartlepool, Cleveland (in the UK) is believed to have carried out DDoS attacks against companies such as Amazon, PayPal, Mastercard and Visa in December last year.

According to The Register, Gibson was first arrested in April 2011, where the Metropolitan Police questioned him alongside five other people. The Met said that the charge was to do with an “unauthorized act in relation to a computer” and a conspiracy to impair the operation of a computer or hinder access to a program or data.  

The six people were originally arrested for allegedly being a part of "Operation Avenge Assange". This was the name picked out by Anonymous for their large scaling DDoS attacks, chosen because they said they were picking out firms that they felt had acted against the website Wikileaks. 

In July this year, police in America also arrested 16 people that they believed had been carrying out attacks, with 14 of the suspects alleged to have taken part in "Operation Avenge Assange" The tool the group used, called LOIC, allows users to bombard websites, but doesn't protect your IP address.

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These idiots won't have an easy time in prison with murderers, thugs and rapists. Not when the other inmates learn what they're in for x'D

The law defines the prison sentence for the crime committed, and ignorance of the law is no excuse.

"If you can't do the time, don't do the crime"

*edit* supposed to be for maximus

They've picked 10 teenagers out of a "group" that numbers in the tens of thousands.

These guys weren't running botnets, that carried the weight of the attacks - they were running a simple tool that spams packets. And they're getting 10 years!

Utter BS.

Reacon said,
They've picked 10 teenagers out of a "group" that numbers in the tens of thousands.

These guys weren't running botnets, that carried the weight of the attacks - they were running a simple tool that spams packets. And they're getting 10 years!

Utter BS.

Hardly BS when there involvement alone is a crime. Its not about getting the king pin in one fails swoop. Its just as much about getting who you can. Good way to show how being involved in something as daft as this will get you locked up. And I say Kudos

Colicab said,

Hardly BS when there involvement alone is a crime. Its not about getting the king pin in one fails swoop. Its just as much about getting who you can. Good way to show how being involved in something as daft as this will get you locked up. And I say Kudos

Really?... Reallly? You're saying that these kids who ran a simple program and who obviously know very little about hacking deserve more time than most robbers and rapists?! Wow....

M4x1mus said,

Really?... Reallly? You're saying that these kids who ran a simple program and who obviously know very little about hacking deserve more time than most robbers and rapists?! Wow....

Exactly! There was a Neowin interview when they hired one of the members of Razor1911 who screwed up one time and got sent to jail. He described his time there as utterly horrifying - and he only got 2 years for all that he did!

These kids are getting 10 years for something very minor. I'd like to see any of you who called this justified go to prison for a year and stick to your opinion.

Reacon said,

Exactly! There was a Neowin interview when they hired one of the members of Razor1911 who screwed up one time and got sent to jail. He described his time there as utterly horrifying - and he only got 2 years for all that he did!

These kids are getting 10 years for something very minor. I'd like to see any of you who called this justified go to prison for a year and stick to your opinion.

Indeed. I hear UK prisons only have PS1s, no PS2/3 or 360s... sounds horrifying to me.

Reacon said,

Exactly! There was a Neowin interview when they hired one of the members of Razor1911 who screwed up one time and got sent to jail. He described his time there as utterly horrifying - and he only got 2 years for all that he did!

These kids are getting 10 years for something very minor. I'd like to see any of you who called this justified go to prison for a year and stick to your opinion.

Shane Pitmann. Seems like a nice bloke hes an editor on Neowin also.

really they havent worked out that they can run their whole internet information via the TOR network hiding any program from showing your ip? they are crap....

SPEhosting said,
really they havent worked out that they can run their whole internet information via the TOR network hiding any program from showing your ip? they are crap....

TOR has been broken...

Hardcore Til I Die said,
Yay, give these losers yet more news coverage...way to go!

Unless ofcourse you buy into the whole 'we're anonymous' crap, they'll all be imprisoned soon. @ announcing the tool they used, that shows these guys not particularly talented.

Hardcore Til I Die said,
Yay, give these losers yet more news coverage...way to go!

Then why bother commenting? I love people who decry the attention given to this story or that story. Yet they still take time out of their day to post comments on an online forum.

Why? Jealous of the attention they're getting?

Move on, bro.

Edited by COKid, Aug 25 2011, 7:49pm :

COKid said,

Then why bother commenting? I love people who decry the attention given to this story or that story. Yet they still take time out of their day to post comments on an online forum.

Why? Jealous of the attention they're getting?

Move on, bro.

Jealous? No.. I come to Neowin to read tech news, not about some bedroom script kiddies.

If Neowin allowed me to ignore certain categories of news, this would certainly be one of them, but as it doesn't, I still have to sift through this rubbish.

Hardcore Til I Die said,

Jealous? No.. I come to Neowin to read tech news, not about some bedroom script kiddies.

If Neowin allowed me to ignore certain categories of news, this would certainly be one of them, but as it doesn't, I still have to sift through this rubbish.

You can filter the stuff out, sorta. Use the tabs near the top to look at diff topics..