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Scientology Hacked; Church Website Cyber-Attacker Gets Year in Prison for "Anonymous" Invasion

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LOS ANGELES (AP) A Nebraska man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for his role in a cyber attack on the Church of Scientology's websites two years ago.

Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, of Grand Island, Neb., was also ordered Monday to pay $20,000 in restitution and serve a year on supervised release after he gets out of prison.

The cyber attack was orchestrated by an underground group that calls itself "Anonymous" and protests against the Church of Scientology, accusing it of Internet censorship.

Mettenbrink admitted being a member, and pleaded guilty in February to a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized access to a protected computer.

U.S. District Judge Gary Feess says the cyber attack had "a sense of hate crime."

  • Crimesider Staff

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