13 Members of Anonymous Indicted For Attacks on Websites
Last Thursday, 13 members of the hacking group called Anonymous were indicted by a U.S. grand jury on charges of coordinating attacks against government, credit card and lobbying websites.
The websites affected were against anti-piracy groups and financial institutions unwilling to process donations to WikiLeaks.
The attacks occurred September 2010 to January 2011 and were part of campaign called Operation Payback. Hackers sent overwhelmingly large amounts of traffic to a website until it was disrupted or collapsed.
The sites included the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, Visa, MasterCard, Bank of America and the United States Copyright Office of the Library of Congress.
The indictment was filed in a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.