Barrett Brown, the journalist that at one time claimed to be a spokesman for the hacktivist collective Anonymous, has been handed a 63-months-long prison sentence and has been order to pay $890,000 in restitution - most of it to Stratfor, the company whose stolen data he linked to, and other companies hit by Anonymous.
Corporate data breaches have seen a spike in recent months, and unfortunately American Express is the latest to join a long list of companies affected by hackers infiltrating their customerís credit card information.
International hacktivist group Anonymous is causing fear within the business and technology community once again, after a supposed Anonymous spokesperson warned that World Cup sponsors are next on the hit list.
Hector Xavier Monsegur (aka "Sabu"), the infamous hacker and leader of the Lulzsec hacktivist group, has directed his associates to attack and compromise the websites and computers belonging to the Iranian, Syrian, Turkish, Brazilian, Pakistani and other governments, the NYT reports.
British spy agency GCHQ has used Denial of Service attacks against Anonymous, in order to disrupt their communications, their activities, and to lead members of the loosely tied collective away from participating in the DDoS attacks aimed at governments and companies, NBC reported.
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