14 Arrested In Hacking Attack On PayPal

WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) — 14 people have been arrested for allegedly mounting a cyberattack on the Web site of San Jose-based PayPal in retaliation for suspending the accounts of WikiLeaks, according to the Justice Department.

The cyberattacks on PayPal’s Web site by the group Anonymous followed the release by WikiLeaks last November of thousands of classified State Department cables.

Anonymous is a loosely organized group of hackers sympathetic to WikiLeaks. It has claimed responsibility for attacks against corporate and government Web sites worldwide.

The group also claims credit for disrupting the Web sites of Visa and MasterCard in December when the credit card companies stopped processing donations to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.

The 14 were arrested in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio.

>> Read The Indictment (.pdf)

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid Comments:

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  1. mediatriage says:

    I am writing a thesis with the hope that it will be applied to better the world we live in. This thesis is on Public Trust in the Media, WikiLeaks, and the Government and need to know what your opinions are. The online survey is anonymous, multiple choice and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please follow the link: http://www.kwiksurveys.com/?s=​ILLLML_9669e09d. Would be great if you would encourage others to do the survey also.

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