Man Pleads Guilty to DDOS Attack on Scientology

Man Pleads Guilty to DDOS Attack on Scientology

Picture 157In documents filed today, Brian Thomas Mettenbrink of Nebrasca has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to the unauthorized access of a protected computer and to serve a one-year sentence in federal prison.

Mettenbrink accepted he was part of an attack on the Scientology sites in January 2008, as part of a group labeling itself as “Anonymous.”

Anonymous was a loosely organized collection of Internet users, not necessarily tied to a single online entity, many websites such as 4chan and Futaba are strongly associated with Anonymous. The group attacked Scientology’s websites after a legal challenge over this Tom Cruise video posted on YouTube. In the video unofficially titled “Tom Cruise on Tom Cruise: Scientologist,” the actor discusses, you guessed it, Scientology.

The attack disabled access to Scientology’s Web sites.

Mettenbrink, who now faces up to a year in jail, wasn’t the only one to get busted. Last year, Dmitriy Guzner, a member of an underground hacking group called Anonymous, pleaded guilty to charges of hacking the church’s Web site and agreed to pay a $37,500 fine. He was sentenced to one year in prison.

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