Third Anonymous Member Sentenced in Scientology Church Attack

SciencetologyA member of Anonymous was sentenced earlier this week in New York City Criminal Court for his role in an attack on the Church of Scientology of New York, making him the third affiliate of the hacktivist collective to be held responsible for the 2009 incident.

In 2009, Jacob Speregen accompanied another member of Anonymous, Mahoud Samed Almahadin, who ran into the New York Church off Times Square and vandalized the church. Speregen filmed the attack as a co-conspirator with Almahadin and other Anonymous members.

Speregen’s sentence bans him from going near the Church of Scientology for five years. He was also ordered to pay the damages caused by his acts and to perform community service as further restitution for the crime.

Church of Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon commented on the sentencing, saying, “This decision by the court sends a strong message to Anonymous—and any hate group—that their actions will not be tolerated and that the right to practice one’s religion will be protected.”

The conviction follows the sentencing of two men on separate felony convictions for their part in a cyber attack against Church of Scientology websites in January 2008, also carried out by Anonymous members.

Dmitriy Guzner of New Jersey is currently incarcerated in federal prison for his role in the DDoS attack against Scientology websites. Following that attack, church websites were inaccessible to users for more than 24 hours. The attacks continued for 12 days, requiring the church to hire a computer security company to protect against the assaults and to redirect traffic.

The U.S. District Court in Newark sentenced Guzner to a 366-day prison term, plus two years’ probation following his prison term, and ordered Guzner to pay $37,500 restitution to the church.

Another Anonymous follower, Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, is also behind bars as a result of his participation in the same attack on Scientology websites, for conspiracy and “transmission of a code, information, program, or command to a protected computer.”

According to court documents, Mettenbrink obtained a computer program from an Anonymous website and launched a DDoS attack from his dorm room at Iowa State University against the church computers in Los Angeles, Calif.

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20 Responses to "Third Anonymous Member Sentenced in Scientology Church Attack"

  1. Bert says:

    Criminal conduct is the unfortunate consequence of over zealous protesters. Without excusing this behavior, one might ask what would make otherwise law abiding citizens go to such extremes? The answer is the conduct of Scientology itself. Cynthia Kisser of the Cult Awareness Network said Scientology is “Quite likely the most ruthless, the most classically terroristic, the most litigious, and the most lucrative cult this country has ever seen.” Subsequently Scientology set their team of lawyers to work sueing the Cult Awareness Network into bankruptcy, and then scooped up the name for themselves for a mear $20,000 in bankruptcy court. Find out for yourself who the real criminals are:

  2. Rick Mycroft says:

    Being named as an unindicted co-conspirator in Operation Snow White, where 11 high level Scientology officials were convicted of the largest domestic spy-ring in US history (see Wikipedia), should have sent a strong message to Kendrick Moxon that even “religious” organizations have to obey the law. Recent convictions of the Church of Scientology itself for fraud in France show that it hasn’t worked.

  3. Laughing at $cientology says:

    Who cares? This isn’t news! Every time the cult of Scientology starts having bad luck in the press they start rolling out these regurgitated press releases. So some dumb kid pulled a stupid prank on you guys over a year ago. Your website got DOSed and was down for a couple hours. Wow! So what? Get over it!

    All one has to do is read about Scientology’s history of secrecy, greed, fraud convictions, organized harassment, oppression of free speech, separation of families, extreme litigious, etc, etc, etc… The real criminals are the cult of $cientology.

  4. Zero says:

    What about the hate group which is enforcing disconnections on religious grounds violating with this the constitution?

    Yes, I am asking about the Church of Scientology, Mr. “Church of Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon”.

    Where is the court decision which sends a strong message to the hate group Church of Scientology  that their actions will not be tolerated and that the right to practice one’s religion—that is publicly leaving the Church—will be protected?

  5. asdf says:

    i don’t care what there religion is anybody should be allowed to live in peace. jacob spergen will have time to think about that doing comunity services

  6. Aliahu says:

    Nice work to the Church of Scientology for defending itself.

    Scientology has helped me improve my life… the stuff works. Just go into a local Church and have a look for yourself – read a book, or do a basic course. Make up your own mind.

  7. Ron L. Stein says:

    I for one am tired of hearing this scientology nonsense. I did some research on this Kendrick Moxon guy and it turned out that plotted the murder of Cynthia Kisser, the former head of the Cult Awareness Netowork, now owned by scientology.

  8. Ron Cabbage says:

    Seriously, do your own research instead of republishing the scientology cult’s b/s. For a start, There was no third person jailed.
    Jacob Speregen was charged and pled guilty to a misdemeanor for videoing the prank (also a misdemeanor) and was released on conditional discharge. The restitution was a mere $330. There was no “substantial damages” paid. It’s all there on the NYC courts website database. As crimes go this is like one step above not paying a parking ticket (or one step down, depending on your views on parking offenders).

  9. Terryeo says:

    This is just another case of Scientologgy trotting oout old stale preess-relesases to try and blot bad news ogg of googlenewss.

  10. Tom Newton says:

    Jacob Spergen is a freak pedophile you ran into a church videotaping his naked homosexual friends, who rubbed his Vaseline coated body all over the place!

    Anonymous is a Hate Group.

  11. Artoo45 says:

    What are you saying “Tom Newton”? Let’s try to decipher this butchered post . . .

    Jacob Spergen is a freak pedophile you ran . . . {Is there supposed to be a comma there? Even then, it would be an incoherent sentence, let’s go on}l . . .into a church videotaping his naked homosexual friends, . . . {He had naked homosexual friends in a church? Which church? Scientology church? I don’t think so.} . . . who rubbed his Vaseline coated body all over the place! . . . {They rubbed his body “all over the place”? You mean they pushed his slick body all around the church sort of like a big hockey puck?}

    Really Newton. Either English is not your first language or is this just another example of Elron’s awesome Study Tech at work.

  12. Terryeo says:

    Anyone who believes the anonymous lies that community service is not jail is simply stuck in an electronic incident and needs auditing. Come to the church. We will keep the cans greased for you.

  13. Steve says:

    I admire this way of explaining out crimes and saying that the guys behind the bars are the innocent victims. Then if they are so innocent, how did they get there? There is a lot going on in this direction to explain that the good guys are the bad guys, and the bad hats a re the good guys. The communist do this, the fascist do this, all criminals do this … But I spoke with a couple of Anonymous guys personally and some of them bluntly confesses that they get paid for going out protesting the Church. They even tell me how much they get … In Germany they usually get 50 Euro per day for the job. Even if there are a couple of guys trying to create hate campaigns against the Church, the truth is that general people come to Scientology for answer and not to Anonymous. The same way as if someone wants to find out the truth about the Jewish religion, would not go to extremist Muslim terrorist groups to ask them what is their opinion on the people in Israel. Would not make too much sense, right?

  14. Cinnamonblue says:

    Anonymous is a Hate Group for Sure..

    Keep it up and you hacker creeps will get VERY long prison sentences.. Your time is over and you dont even know it. You are for sure terrorist. The Feds are coming for you!!


  15. “otherwise law abiding citizens” do not exist. The criminal is criminal. He is criminal minded, and is not sometimes law abiding and sometimes criminal. This does not exist. The members of the Cult Awareness Network (quoted below) are very good examples for this. For a long time they were involved into so called “deprogramming” which is highly criminal and of course. They lost too much court cases, they got fined for $4.8 billion, they got bankrupt. Criminals are not successful in the long run: It does not worth to be criminal. But a real criminal will never understand this, because criminals cannot learn.

  16. acarrilrosin says:

    Great article, I just given this onto a co-worker who was doing a little research on that. And he in fact purchased me lunch because I discovered it for him

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