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This week, in France, two Anons have been arrested and held for 48 hours. Both were charged with a number of cybercrimes dating back to December 11th, 2014.
The charges stem from an online action in protest of the underground storage of nuclear waste material by Andra, the National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management. Hactivists are alleged to have conducted a series of DDoS attacks on three websites belonging to Andra, the General Council of the Meuse and Lorraine Regional Council. Both men are facing charges relating to these attacks. The older of the two men faces two counts of “Fraudulent access and maintenance” of a computer system “implemented by the state,” and “obstruction or functional impairment” of that system.
The other man, a 19 year old student, is up against a total of four counts of the same charge, three relating to the above attacks and one for his alleged role in the January 6th DDoS carried out against the Ministry of Defense website. The action was claimed on social media by hackers identifying themselves only as Anonymous, and was admittedly a direct retaliation for the death of Remi Fraisse, a 21 year old botanist and environmental activist who was killed in October 2014 by a flashbang grenade thrown into a group of protesters by French police.
Due to their assumed affiliation with Anonymous, the prosecution has classified the alleged crimes as “organized gang” activity and is seeking to take advantage of a newly passed law which doubles the final sentence for both men. They will both appear in court on June 9th in Nancy. They face 10 years in prison and 150,000 euros in fines.
As is usually common with these types of cases, it is likely that charges may change or even mount as the investigation continues.
Mathew John Hutchison, an Australian hacker affiliated with Anonymous, pled guilty to inciting Indonesian hackers to attack the websites of the ASIO, ASIS and the Australian Signals Directorate. He also pled guilty to producing Youtube videos and now faces 5 years in prison. He will be sentenced on June 4.