Accused plead guilty in PayPal DDoS trial

Thirteen Anonymous-affiliated defendants lodge pleas in California hearing

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Accused plead guilty in PayPal DDoS trial Anonymous hit PayPal with a DDos attack in 2010 in revenge for the payment gateway’s suspension of WikiLeaks’ accounts. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 8, 2013

Thirteen defendants charged in connection with the 2010 denial-of-service attack against PayPal have pled guilty in a California federal court, Reuters reported.

The hearing took place on Thursday and the pleas were announced by the US Attorney's Office in San Francisco on Friday.

The DDoS attacks were claimed by global cyber cabal Anonymous, following PayPal's suspension of WikiLeaks' accounts. The payment gateway company took the action in the midst of WikiLeaks' release of several confidential US diplomatic documents, which embarrassed several governments.

Two women and 11 men pled guilty on Thursday. Ten pleas were to felony charges, but they will be mitigated to misdemeanours if the accused do not violate the terms of their agreement before sentencing.

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