A MEMBER OF ANONYMOUS was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday, after having been found guilty for attacks on a number of police department websites.
A US federal judge sentenced John Anthony Borell III, a 22-year old man from Ohio with ties to the Anonymous hacktivist group, to serve three years porridge on Thursday for his involvement in cyber crime.
As well as being sentenced to prison, Borell has agreed to pay $227,000 in damages to the firms affected by the attacks, and he must also accept mental health treatment and agree to stay away from drugs.
Borell was first arrested in March 2012, and initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of computer fraud for hacking into the websites of the Salt Lake City Police Department and the Utah Chiefs of Police Association. However in April this year Borell pleaded guilty to the attacks, admitting that he accessed information on those systems during the attacks, including individuals' personal data.
His hacking of the Salt Lake City Police website led to the website being out of action for four months while a more secure alternative was built. Borell's attack on the Utah police association website reportedly was made in reaction to a senate bill that would have banned the possession of graffiti paraphernalia.
In his plea, Borell confessed that he "jeopardised the security of the personal information of many people, most of whom worked in law enforcement," according to RT.com.
The judge reportedly told Borell he did not want to see him in court again. µ
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