The thirteen hackers accused of orchestrating the 2010 cyber-attack on online payment site PayPal have all pleaded guilty to the charges brought against them.
The dispute started when hactivist collective Anonymous took exception to PayPal’s refusal to process payments made to WikiLeaks and conducted a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack in retaliation. The cyber-attack occurred in December 2010, sometime after the WikiLeaks scandal leaked classified government documents to the whole world, which caused PayPal to suspend accounts connected to the leaks.
The group of defendants, made up of 11 men and 2 women from across 9 different states pleaded guilty to the charges in a federal court in San Jose on Friday of last week. With ages ranging between 44 and 22, several of the defendants pleaded guilty to felony charges before being released on bond.
Of the 13 defendants on trial, 10 of them pleaded guilty in court to damaging a protected computer and conspiracy, whilst the remaining 3 pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count related to the attack.