FAIRFIELD — A former Fairfield resident who joined 12 other computer hackers in a 2010 cyberattack on PayPal pleaded guilty Thursday in San Jose to federal criminal charges of conspiracy and damaging a computer.
Donald “Ananon” Husband, 32, and his comrades set their sights on PayPal after the online money transfer company suspended customers’ ability to donate money to WikiLeaks after it published thousands of U.S. State Department correspondence on its website.
The group launched a four-day jamming operation against PayPal by flooding targeted computers with messages that blocked regular users from using PayPal.
Husband admitted to his role in the hacking scheme as part of a plea deal that will likely include federal prosecutors dropping the felony conspiracy charge when Husband is sentenced for the misdemeanor charge of damaging a computer. Husband, who spent two months behind bars after being arrested by the FBI in 2011, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 4, 2014.
He faces a possible year in prison and a $100,000 fine if the plea deal comes to fruition.
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