Anonymous Hackers 'Cost PayPal ?3.5m'
A student attacked the PayPal website as part of a concerted effort by the Anonymous «hacktivists» that cost the company £3.5m, a court has heard. Christopher Weatherhead, 22, was studying at Northampton University when he allegedly took part in the campaign. The court heard Anonymous targeted companies who opposed internet piracy but later attacked PayPal after it refused to process Wikileaks payments.
Mr Weatherhead, from Northampton, denies a charge of conspiracy. He has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to impair the operation of computers between 1 August 2010 and 22 January 2011. MasterCard, Visa, Ministry of Sound, the British Recorded Music Industry and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry were also hit.