Anonymous hackers jailed

Two self-styled “hacktivists” were jailed in Britain today for carrying out cyber attacks with hacking group Anonymous, one of which cost a website £3.5m (€4.2m).

Christopher Weatherhead, 22, of Holly Road, Northampton, was given an 18-month sentence at Southwark Crown Court, London, after being found guilty of conspiring to impair the operation of computers between August 1, 2010 and January 22, 2011.

Ashley Rhodes, 28, of Bolton Crescent, Camberwell, south London, admitted the same charge and was jailed for seven months.

Co-defendant Peter Gibson, 24, of Castletown Road, Hartlepool, was deemed to have played a lesser role in the conspiracy, which he also admitted, and given a six-month suspended sentence.

Jake Birchall, 18, from Chester, will be sentenced later. He had also admitted the conspiracy.

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Hours after puppy find buoys rescuers, helicopter crashes near Italy avalanche site

German General Election date announced

Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes

Meet the students trying to brew craft beer on the moon


Lifestyle

Making cents: Shopping around is still the best way to save some cash

Reframing Michael Collins in The Big Fellow

It's been a long and winding road for music group Fairport Convention

We’ll have to shout ‘stop’ to non-bio plastics, or else...

More From The Irish Examiner