The U.S. government is sending a clear message: We won't tolerate secrets coming to light.
The sentences range from 20 to 32 months, with none of the defendants likely to serve the full time. There has been no formal request to extradite the U.K. men to the United States to face charges here.
Their crimes include hacking and launching DDoS attacks against high-profile organizations such as the CIA, the U.K.'s Serious Organised Crime Agency, Sony and Nintendo.
DHS said the operation would likely culminate in "limited disruptions" and "nuisance-level attacks" against websites of government agencies and U.S. banks. And that appears to be what happened.
The microblogging service told news organizations that they will continue to be "high value targets to hackers."
Matthew Flannery, who is employed at a Sydney, Australia-based IT firm, faces up to 22 years in prison if convicted of the alleged offenses.
According to an interview he subsequently conducted with Politico, Keys said Reuters never mentioned the indictment as a reason for his firing.
An accused member of the hacktivist group LulzSec on Thursday has been sentenced by a federal judge in Los Angeles for his role in hacking into the systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment, according to reports.
Ryan Ackroyd, 26; Jake Davis, 20; and Mustafa al-Bassam, 18, who was not named until now because of his age, all admitted their involvement in the hacktivist gang's attack spree.
Despite being an age-old problem, recent DoS and DDoS attacks are driving huge growth for mitigation solutions.
This month's news briefs includes recent news on Mandiant uncovering China's cyber espionage efforts, security firm Bit9's breach, and the Obama administrations latest efforts on combating the theft of trade secrets.
Eric Rosol, 37, of Wisconsin was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury.
Matthew Keys denies he gave "anyone" login information that could enable them to make changes to a Los Angeles Times article.
The security researcher and self-proclaimed internet troll earned 41 months behind bars Monday for his role in using a script to retrieve data on roughly 120,000 Apple iPad users from a public web server.
Matthew Keys, 26, was indicted in California on charges that he helped Anonymous members deface the website of the Los Angeles Times.
A group of hackers is dissatisfied with efforts to remove an anti-Muslim video from YouTube.
Hacktivist-turned-snitch Hector Monsegur, aka Sabu, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday in New York, but the hearing was not held for an unknown reason.
Whistleblowing organizations like WikiLeaks and accused hacktivists like Hammond are not foreign spies lusting to plunder intellectual property from U.S. corporations and government agencies in order to profit and gain a competitive advantage.
Attorneys representing accused Anonymous member and political activist Jeremy Hammond has requested that the judge presiding over his case recuse herself due to a conflict of interest, according to reports.
On Sunday, Anonymous said it hacked the Fed, before exposing the data of 4,000 bankers. Now, it appears the claims are true.
The move was part of a larger operation by the hacktivist collective to protest prosecutorial overreach in computer crime cases, prompted by the death of Aaron Swartz.
This month's news briefs include bits on Android, spammers, breach penalties, crime networks, hacktivism and more.
This month's debate covers Hacktivist group Anonymous. Will they take a backseat to more extremist groups in 2013?
A hacktivist group said Tuesday it has suspended its online barrage against dozens of U.S. banks after one of the highest-viewed YouTube videos of "Innocence of Muslims" came down.
Attorneys and prosecutors are scheduled to meet next week in San Jose, Calif. to discuss the cases against the so-called "PayPal 14," accused of participating in DDoS attacks against PayPal.
DDoS attacks against financial institutions in the U.S. may continue unless an anti-Muslim film is pulled offline, hacktivists allege. But a New York Times report said Iran is actually behind the bank website disruptions.
A hacktivist group claims it already has launched the second phase of DDoS strikes against U.S. banks.
McAfee's "2013 Threats Predictions" report also said that hacktivist group Anonymous would decline in success and visibility, with more extremist groups carrying the torch.
Barrett Brown, one of the public faces of the online collective Anonymous, has pleaded innocent to all 12 charges filed against him in connection with the theft of credit card information from intelligence firm Stratfor.
The hacktivist group posted the personal details of Westboro Baptist Church members after the group said it planned to protest a Sandy Hook vigil.