09/12/2013

'Anonymous' hacker of police websites gets 3 years

John Anthony Borell III agreed to pay $227K in damages and will serve 3 years in federal prison

By Paul Foy
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A 22-year-old Ohio man linked to the hacker collective Anonymous was sentenced Thursday to three years in federal prison for breaking into police-agency websites across the country.

Court records say John Anthony Borell III used Twitter to advertise his exploits to other members of the group.

A newlywed, Borell was given until Dec. 6 to turn himself in at a federal prison near his family in Toledo, Ohio.

He was arrested after taking down police-agency websites in Utah, California, New York and Missouri in January and February of 2012.

Borell pleaded guilty to computer fraud in April and agreed to pay $227,000 in damages to computer servers that had to be repaired or beefed up for security.

Anonymous is a loosely organized group of Internet enthusiasts, pranksters and activists that has targeted organizations such as MasterCard and the Church of Scientology.

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