Anonymous: Chester teenager charged over hacking

A Cheshire teenager has been charged over online attacks by international hacking gang Anonymous.

The 17-year-old, from Chester, is accused of conspiracy to do an unauthorised act in relation to a computer, Scotland Yard said.

He has been granted bail to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 7 September.

Peter David Gibson, 22, from Hartlepool, will also appear on that date charged with the same offence.

The hacker "collective" Anonymous has been implicated in a number of online protests targeting eBay, Visa, PayPal and others.

Its tactics typically involved flooding the companies' websites with multiple requests from remotely controlled networks of computers known as botnets.

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