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PayPal 14 ‘ Freedom Fighters ‘ Plead Guilty to Cyber-Attack

In Anonymous, Archive, News, WikiLeaks on December 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

12/08/2013

Appearing before a San Jose court in California on Thursday, 11 members of what has become known as the PayPal 14 pleaded guilty to one felony charge and one misdemeanour charge under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, but will likely avoid a prison sentence following a deal hammered out with the US Department of Justice ahead of time.

The group were arrested in 2011 and charged with taking part in a cyber-attack against PayPal in 2010.

According to reporter Alexa O’Brien, the 11 men and women who pleaded guilty to both counts had their sentencing set back to December 2014, when the court will likely strike out all felony charges – but only if they don’t renounce their pleas and stay out of trouble in the meantime.

The felony charge is normally punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Two of the 14 pleaded guilty to only the lesser misdemeanor charge and will therefore serve 90 days in prison when they return to court next December – though the judge does have the option to not impose this sentence.

The final member of the PayPal 14 had their case handled separately

Freedom Fighters

The Daily Beast reports that Stanley Cohen, counsel to one of the defendants, said, “The PayPal 14 are like civil rights fighters or the freedom riders of the 1960s. They are saying, ‘I did what I did with open eyes, knowing that I could get prosecuted. It happened. I knew what the consequences were, and the consequences came. I stand behind what I did. I did not cooperate with the government, and I did not roll over. I did this so that others could understand how corporations control the dialogue and the debate.

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Related Links:

Inside the ‘PayPal 14’Trial

PayPal DDoS Attackers Plead Guilty, Some May Walk Free

Following Plea Bargains, PayPal 14 Members Can Avoid Felony Charges

“Network Investigative Techniques”: Court Documents Show How FBI Uses Malware for Surveillance

In Archive, FBI, Hacking, Malware, Surveillance on December 8, 2013 at 3:16 AM

FBI’s Search for “Mo”, Suspect in Bomb Threats, Highlights Use of Malware for Surveillance

Related Link: FBI Network Investigative Technique (NIT) Warrant; Private Contractor Used to Install Malware

AT&T Responds to Shareholders’ Concerns Re: Gov’t Requests for User Data: It’s None of Your Business

In Archive, AT&T, NSA, Surveillance on December 8, 2013 at 1:29 AM

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12/06/2013

NYTimes:

In November, shareholders of AT&T and Verizon Communications sent resolutions to the two companies demanding that they publish regular reports on how they share customer information with the government for surveillance efforts.

Now AT&T has issued a response: It’s none of your business.

AT&T on Thursday sent its response to the resolution, written by Thomas P. DiNapoli, the New York’s comptroller who is the trustee of the $160.7 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. The letter, which was sent to Mr. DiNapoli, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other parties, said that the shareholder resolution demanding transparency should be excluded from the ballot for AT&T’s annual shareholder meeting in the spring.

AT&T said in the letter that matters of “ordinary business operations” should not be controlled by shareholders, but by managers and the board, and therefore the proposal should be excluded from the ballot.

Toward the end of the letter, AT&T also noted that if it were to publish transparency reports, the company would be limited to disclosing its responses to law enforcement requests for information like cellphone records; any information related to the government’s foreign intelligence surveillance activities would be classified. It noted that the so-called transparency reports published by technology companies like Yahoo and Google face the same limitations.

In his shareholder resolution, Mr. DiNapoli argued that customer trust was at stake for AT&T. If customers lose trust, they could switch to other services, which would hurt the companies’ profits, he said in the resolution. Mr. DiNapoli is likely to send a response to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“AT&T is trying to prevent the vital issue of customer privacy from coming before its shareholders,” he said in a statement regarding AT&T’s response. “This issue is an important one for customers and shareholders alike and we feel strongly that it should be on AT&T’s ballot this spring.”

UPDATE 02/20/2014 AT&T Publishes First Ever Transparency Report on Law Enforcement/Government Data Requests

White House’s Second Open Government National Action Plan

In Archive, FOIA on December 8, 2013 at 1:06 AM

White House Promises More Transparency in Second Open Government Plan

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