(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – On Friday, 13 hackers associated with the group Anonymous plead guilty in a California federal court for their involvement in the PayPal DDoS attacks, states a report from Digital Trends.
Back in December 2010, the hacker-activist group, Anonymous, attacked PayPal for suspending accounts associated with WikiLeaks.
Of the 13 who plead guilty, 10 plead guilty to a felony charge, and the other three accepted misdemeanor charges. According to the U.S attorney’s office, they hackers who plead guilty to a felony will be eligible to have their charges dropped to a misdemeanor next year if they don’t violate their agreement.
One of the defendants also plead guilty in the charges of a separate cyber-attack on the Santa Cruz County website.
“I can understand that the protesters were upset by PayPal’s actions and felt that they were simply participating in an online demonstration of their frustration. That is their right, and I support freedom of expression, even when it’s my own company that is the target,” stated Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and owner of PayPal.
The sentence hearings for the 13 Anonymous hackers are scheduled for late 2014.