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British student on trial over Anonymous PayPal hacking

Published on Nov 22, 2012 11:12 PM

LONDON (AFP) - A British student went on trial in London on Thursday accused of a series of cyber-attacks by the hacking group Anonymous that cost the US online payments giant PayPal millions of dollars.

Christopher Weatherhead, 22, is accused of participating in attacks by Anonymous on PayPal, MasterCard and other companies that refused to process payments to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

Prosecutors said the assault on PayPal had cost the company 3.5 million pounds (S$6.8 million) in trading loss, as well as software and hardware updates to fend off similar attacks.

In a campaign codenamed "Operation Payback", Anonymous also targeted companies in the music industry and opponents of music piracy, including the Ministry of Sound nightclub and record label, the jury heard.

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