Federal authorities charge 14 people for allegedly taking part in major cyber attacks, including one which tried to cripple eBay’s PayPal website.
FBI agents arrested 14 people across nine states and in Washington, DC for the attack on PayPal that took place back in December of last year. The attack was allegedly spearheaded by the hacking group Anonymous. The attacks were apparently done in reaction to PayPal dumping Wikileaks as a client. Last year, PayPal, Visa and MasterCard refused to provide financial services to Wikileaks after that website had published thousands of secret diplomatic reports which resulted in strained relationships between the U.S. and its allies. The 14 people are charged with conspiracy and intentional damage to a protected computer. Arrests were made in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio and Washington, DC.