A 22-year-old man was charged with computer offenses by U.K. police investigating attacks on companies carried out by the hacking group Anonymous.
Peter David Gibson, a student from Hartlepool, England, was charged with a conspiracy to impair the operation of a computer or hinder access to a program or data, the Metropolitan Police in London said today in a statement. Gibson had been arrested along with five others by officers in connection with so-called denial of service attacks against several companies, the police said.
The hacker group Anonymous stepped up its BART attack Wednesday, posting a partially nude photo of a man they say is the transit agency's chief media spokesman, Linton Johnson.
Anonymous has been calling for the resignation of Johnson, who suggested that BART officials turn off cellphone service at underground stations earlier this month to thwart a protest against transit agency police.
Exhorts activists to come out on streets on 15 October at Hyde Park to demand participatory democracy
Online hacktivist group Anonymous has urged activists, artists, musicians and other people to gather at Hyde Park on 15 October to take part in "Operation Unity", a protest against cuts to public services and to demand for "participatory" democracy.
A conservative member of British Parliament who had urged shutting down social networks during the riots says hacking groups made threats against her children.
Louise Mensch, in a post on Twitter from New York Monday, said the groups Anonymous and LulzSec made the threats in an e-mail, The Guardian reported. She did not provide specifics but said the threats were designed to keep her from using the network, as she does often.
The hacker group Anonymous, which is less a coherent group of people working together toward a common cause than a random medley of hackers out to prank and disrupt the online world, has been busy these days. Multiple hacks on Bay Area Rapid Transit websites in response to BART's shutdown of the railway's underground cellular system have captured the attention of activists and technophiles alike.