The FBI announced this week the arrest of 14 suspected members of hacking collective Anonymous for their alleged involvement in December’s cyber attack on PayPal’s website.
The arrests are part of FBI‘s ongoing investigation into coordinated cyber attacks against major companies and organizations. The 14 individuals were arrested in 10 different states across the country and are being charged for allegedly coordinating and executing attacks against PayPal's computer servers.
In late November 2010, PayPal suspended the WikiLeaks’ account after the whistle-blower site leaked confidential State Department cables. The action froze WikiLeaks’ ability to receive donations, and the site declared PayPal “tried to economically strangle WikiLeaks.“
Following their arrests, the defendants were charged with various counts of conspiracy and intentional damage to a protected computer. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while the intentional damage charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 charge.