‘Operation Avenge Assange’: Mastercard & PayPal Anonymous Hacker Charged

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A 22 year old British student has been charged with offences relating to the Anonymous hacking of credit card operations in December.

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This followed Mastercard’s decision to stop processing payments to the whistle-blowing site Wikileaks. PayPal, Visa and Amazon were also among the victims of cyber attacks by the online rogue hackers. 


British police yesterday released details about Peter David Gibson, 22, a student, of Castleton Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland, who has been charged with conspiracy to do an unauthorised act in relation to a computer, intent to impair the operation of any computer or prevent or hinder access to any programme or data held in a computer or to impair the operation of any such programme or the reliability of such data – contrary to Sec 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.

He is due to appear on bail at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 7 September.

Gibson was arrested by officers from the Met’s Police Central e-Crime Unit in connection with an investigation into Anonymous, following allegations of DDOS attacks by the group against several companies. 

UK Police have now arrested six people in total as part of the Anonymous hacking campaign known as “Operation Avenge Assange” referring to Wikileaks leader Julian Assange. 

The five other males -all British- are aged between 15 and 26, arrested under the Computer Misuse Act in January, while in the US 16 others have been arrested.

 

The FBI said to be working through a list of around 1,000 names from an IP list identified by PayPal, according to the Guardian.

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