First Look: U.K. PayPal Hacker In Jail, Reports Say

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An Anonymous group hacker who was responsible for planning attacks against PayPal has been sentenced to 18 months in a British jail, according to The Register, a technology news and opinion website.

Meanwhile, no such arrests or convictions have been handed down in the U.S.

Christopher Weatherhead, a 22-year-old criminal who used the alias "Nerdo," is the second Anonymous member to be jailed in the past several months.

From The Register:

"Judge Peter Testar noted that the distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) assaults organized by Weatherhead against PayPal and other companies weren't money-making exercises — but said the online attacks were targeted and they were meant to cause damage.
"It's intolerable that where an individual or a group disagrees with a company they should be able to interfere with its activity," he said.

The attacks, The Register reported, were a part of "Operation Payback," a series of internet assaults that first concentrated on music labels and movie studios but eventually moved up to financial services companies.

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