Member of ‘Anonymous’ Sentenced for Attacking Scientology Church

SciencetologyA member of Anonymous, a loose coalition of hackers, was sentenced yesterday in New York Criminal Court in connection with a Jan. 8, 2009, attack on the Church of Scientology of New York.

Last January, a shirtless Mahoud Samed Almahadin, aka Matt Connor, covered in Vaseline and toenail clippings entered a Manhattan-based Church of Scientology and proceeded to throw around books and smear petroleum jelly onto objects. His actions were videotaped by another Anonymous member and later broadcast on YouTube.

Almahadin pleaded guilty to criminal mischief Feb 23. and has been prohibited from going near the Church of Scientology for five years. He was also sentenced to pay the damages caused by his acts and to perform substantial community service as further restitution for the crime.

Almahadin’s conviction follows the Nov. 18, 2009, sentencing of a New Jersey man for his part in a cyber attack against Church of Scientology websites in January 2008, which was also carried out by Anonymous members.

Dmitriy Guzner, 19, of New Jersey, who in May 2009 pleaded guilty to one count of computer hacking, was sentenced for his role in the distributed denial of service attack against Scientology websites, which made the church websites unavailable to users for more than 24 hours, with attacks continuing for 12 days. Guzner was sentenced to the 366-day prison term, plus two years probation following his prison term, and ordered to pay $37,500 restitution to the church.

On Oct. 31, another Anonymous follower, Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, 20, was indicted by a Grand Jury in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, for his role in the same attack on Scientology websites, for conspiracy and “transmission of a code, information, program, or command to a protected computer.” The indictment states he got a program from an Anonymous website and executed a DDoS attack from his dormroom at Iowa State University against the church computers in Los Angeles.

Speaking of Almahadin’s sentence, Church of Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon said:

“The action against Almahadin is a victory for everyone’s right to peaceably practice their religion. It is a warning to others who desecrate houses of worship and commit hate crimes. It is also the latest blow against Anonymous.”

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17 Responses to "Member of ‘Anonymous’ Sentenced for Attacking Scientology Church"

  1. Shalashaska says:

    Well, there gose to show that people do some supid **** sometimes. There are other ways to aproch geting rid of the church. Like protesting? Keep in mind Anonymous is a very loosly organized group of people (a confederacy if you will) and the actions of one Anon does not reflect the whole image of the Anonomous group. Many of the Anonyomus group actual peacfuly protests rather than resort to such stupid taktics. Keep that in mind and also the church of Scientology is very evil and much change many of it’s curent plocies. I hope to see more people fighting this cult for the good of the peoples rights who fell victom to this evil organizaton.

    (Sorry if I missed spelled some stuf; my english is not that good)

  2. Sam says:

    That is clearly stupid behavior. However just Google “Operation Freakout” to find one of Scientology’s SERIOUS crimes.

  3. bob ddobbs says:

    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14856174

    BRIGHTON — William Rex Fowler lured his former business partner into a deadly trap last year, killing 42-year-old Thomas Ciancio over claims Fowler was embezzling money from the company he founded, an Adams County prosecutor said Friday.Several employees at Fowler Software told investigators that Ciancio suspected Fowler had taken as much as $250,000 from the company, testified Adams County sheriff’s detective Gene Claps. “Ciancio continually blamed the downfall of Fowler Software on Fowler,” Claps said.

    One former employee, Robert Read, said that in 2008 Fowler had sent up to $200,000 to Africa on behalf of the Church of Scientology and that Fowler signed a letter of apology for the theft, Claps said.

    Fowler is an OT and a high-ranking member of Scientology, his wife is a Scientology Office of Special Affairs agent.

  4. bob dobbs says:

    Colorado OTVIII Murders Employee and turns gun on self – SURVIVES!
    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14251372

    A 58-year-old businessman and founder of an Adams County software company was arrested Friday on murder charges in a bizarre office shooting at the end of the year that left him injured and another man dead.

    Adams County District Attorney Don Quick filed charges against William Rex Fowler in the shooting death of 42-year-old Thomas Ciancio, his former business partner at Fowler Software Design.

    The employees said Fowler had taken about $200,000 of the company’s money without asking and gave it to a church or charity, according to the arrest affidavit.
    One former employee, Robert Read, said that in 2008 Fowler had sent up to $200,000 to Africa on behalf of the Church of Scientology and that Fowler signed a letter of apology for the theft, Claps said.

  5. bob dobbs says:

    Anonymous is pulling stupid pranks and high-level Scientologists are murdering people over money that was embezzled for Scientology. I ‘ll take some Vaseline over a few hollow-points anyday.

  6. Jason says:

    he got what he deserved. The anonymous “movement” are nearly gone anyway.

  7. randomx says:

    Moxon was named as an unindicted co-conspirator after the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into criminal activities by Scientology operatives called “Operation Snow White”.[8][9][10] At the time of the indictments and investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Operation Snow White case, Moxon was working in the Scientology intelligence agency then known as the Guardian’s Office (GO).[8][10][11]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendrick_Moxon

  8. Anticultist says:

    This guy was an idiot. However the cult of Scientology are SCUM every single low life that follows the teachings of a mad, peverted drug addled fraudster.

  9. Each individual should verify if his actions comply with legislation.

  10. Anonymous Hate Group has been in that court case confirmed as Hate Group. 

    You are speaking nonsense, it is very clear that Anonymous members as depicted in the article are guilty of crimes and that is judgment on Anonymous members, not on Scientology.

    So where do you see the “evil Church” ? Your eyes are shut.

  11. Brad says:

    It is very good decision. The crazy and illegal behaviour of members of anonymous must not be tolerated anymore.

  12. Bernd says:

    The action of this person may be questionable, but so are the actions of the so-called “church”. There is a growing mountain of indications, that this group is criminal from the top, documented in films, interviews, witnesses who suffered from its money-sucking pyramid system. I am happy to live in a country, where the democratic system is still healthy enough to see Scientologys fascist elements and set them on observation by federal services. I don’t like what this person has done, but I can understand people getting very angry seeing what this cult does to people and families.

  13. marcehole says:

    I certainly do not condone Matt’s actions. Nonetheless, Co$ ‘attorney’ Moxon’s comment…

    “The action against Almahadin is a victory for everyone’s right to peaceably practice their religion. It is a warning to others who desecrate houses of worship and commit hate crimes. It is also the latest blow against Anonymous.”

    … is farcical beyond all measure. As an ex-scientologist myself, I can assure you that a Scientology ‘Org’ is hardly a “house of worship”. I can also assure you that there is no member of Anonymous in good standing who would engage in such a stupid act.

    Moxon, as usual, is lying through his teeth. He doesn’t even really believe in Sci bullshit… he is a shameless opportunist… a disgrace to his so-called profession.

  14. Jo says:

    Shove it, Brad. Scientology is a criminal organization disguised as a religion.

  15. Heather says:

    Wow. You haters need to take a step back and see what you’re REALLY doing. Religious intolerance is unacceptable. If you go far enough back, EVERY religion was new at one point — and EACH one was treated like a cult because it was different from the status quo.

    Do we really want to keep denying people their right to believe and practice a religion that makes sense to them, EVEN if it’s not what you believe? Or should we all be cookie cutter citizens?

    Isn’t this why we study history? So, we don’t have to make the same mistakes people have been making for thousands of years. Come on, people.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Here 3 years later and the FBI finally gets around to investigating this cult for human trafficking. I guess those so called Radical Cyber Terrorists were right about this cult all along. What did you do to these young people for their efforts? You put them in prison! I hope the judiciary and useless headbangers (those who nodded in agreement) are so damn proud of themselves for ruining these protesters lives. Seems like all along they were the only ones willing to take a stand while society scoffed at them and watched while they went to prison.

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