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Exclusive: FBI warns of U.S. government breaches by Anonymous hackers

By Jim Finkle and Joseph Menn BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Activist hackers linked to the collective known as Anonymous have secretly accessed U.S. government computers in multiple agencies and stolen sensitive information in a campaign that began almost a year ago, the FBI warned this week.

Hacker linked to Anonymous gets 10-year sentence

A computer programmer linked to the online hacktivist group Anonymous who pleaded guilty to hacking the intelligence firm Stratfor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Jeremy Hammond, 28, whose case has been supported by digital rights activists and others, also was part of a group which broke into the FBI computer network and later delivered documents to WikiLeaks, according to investigators. He was sentenced by a US federal judge in New York after pleading guilty in May to conspiracy charges in connection with the 2011 hack of Stratfor.

Self-described 'hacktivist' gets 10 years in prison for targeting government, contractors

NEW YORK, N.Y. - An unrepentant self-described "hacktivist" was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors. Before hearing his sentence, Jeremy Hammond told a Manhattan federal judge that his goal was to expose injustices by the private intelligence industry when he joined forces with Anonymous, the loosely organized worldwide hacking group that has stolen confidential information, defaced websites and temporarily put some victims out of business.

Hacker linked to Anonymous gets 10-year sentence

A computer programmer linked to the online hacktivist group Anonymous who pleaded guilty to hacking the intelligence firm Stratfor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Jeremy Hammond, whose case has been supported by digital rights activists and others, also was part of a group which broke into the FBI computer network and later delivered documents to WikiLeaks, according to investigators.

Chicago hacker tied to Anonymous given 10 years in prison

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Chicago computer hacker tied to the group known as Anonymous was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison for cyber attacks on various government agencies and businesses, including a global intelligence company. Jeremy Hammond, 28, was handed the prison term after he had admitted in May to hacking into Strategic Forecasting Inc in December 2011, an attack his lawyers contend was driven by concern about the role of private firms in gathering intelligence domestically and abroad.

Hacker linked to Anonymous gets 10-year sentence

A computer programmer linked to the online hacktivist group Anonymous who pleaded guilty to hacking the intelligence firm Stratfor was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. Jeremy Hammond, whose case has been supported by digital rights activists and others, was sentenced by a US federal judge in New York after pleading guilty in May to conspiracy charges in connection with the 2011 hack of Stratfor, a spokesman for the US attorney's office said.

Microsoft opens new cybercrime center

Microsoft said Thursday it has opened a new cybercrime center, using its resources to combat malware, intellectual property theft, child exploitation and other ills in cyberspace. "The Microsoft Cybercrime Center is where our experts come together with customers and partners to focus on one thing: keeping people safe online," said David Finn of the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. "By combining sophisticated tools and technology with the right skills and new perspectives, we can make the Internet safer for everyone."

Singapore questions suspects in hacking of PM, president websites

Five local men are being questioned for allegedly hacking the websites of Singapore's president and prime minister, police said Tuesday, amid a rash of cyber attacks in the city-state. Police said in a statement the alleged hackers had "exploited a vulnerability" in both websites last week. A "subpage" of the website of the Istana, the official residence of President Tony Tan, was hacked and displayed a crude image early last Friday, an hour after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's website displayed mocking messages from international activist hackers' group Anonymous.

Singapore arrests man, investigates others over hacker attacks

By Kevin Lim SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore charged on Tuesday a 35-year-old man suspected of hacking a website linked to the prime minister and police said five other men were assisting in separate investigations into a recent series of high-profile hacker attacks.

Websites of Singapore president, PM hacked

The websites of Singapore's president and prime minister have been hacked after it vowed to crack down on activist group Anonymous, which is demanding greater Internet freedom in the city-state, officials confirmed Friday. A "subpage" of the website of the Istana, the official residence of President Tony Tan, was "compromised" early Friday, telecommunication officials said without giving details.
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