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Anonymous Agrees To Plea In Scientology Cyber Attack by Doc
Jan 26, 2010 7:37 am US/Pacific

Man Agrees To Plea In Scientology Cyber Attack

LOS ANGELES (AP) ―

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Federal prosecutors say Brian Thomas Mettenbrink agreed to plead guilty to participating in a cyber attack on Church of Scientology Web sites in January 2008.AP

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Federal prosecutors say a Nebraska man has agreed to plead guilty to participating in a cyber attack on Church of Scientology Web sites in January 2008.

U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Thom Mrozek says Brian Thomas Mettenbrink agreed to plead guilty Monday to the misdemeanor charge of unauthorized access of a protected computer. He faces a year in federal prison.

According to court documents, Mettenbrink attacked Scientology Web sites as part Anonymous, an underground group that protests the Church of Scientology, accusing it of Internet censorship.

Prosecutors say hackers conducted a denial of service attack in which computers flood a target Web site with malicious Internet traffic, making it unavailable to legitimate users.

Prosecutors say Mettenbrink is expected to enter his plea next week in Los Angeles.

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