ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Thirteen alleged members of the loosely organized hacker collective known as Anonymous were indicted Thursday in connection with attacks on U.S. companies and trade groups.
The indictment unsealed in Alexandria, Virginia, charged the 13 members with online attacks between September 2010 and January 2011 on the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, Visa, Mastercard, the Bank of America and others.
The defendants were charged with organizing denial-of-service attacks aimed at shutting down the websites of the targets. The financial institutions were targeted for ending transactions that allowed funds to be raised for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The others were chosen for their stand on piracy and copyright enforcement after the discontinuation of the sharing site Pirate Bay.