Student hacker Christopher Weatherhead has been warned he may face jail time.
Christopher Weatherhead, one of four Anonymous conspirators to have hacked PayPal, costing the payments company £3.5 million ($5.5 million), has been found guilty of the charges of conspiracy to impair the operation of computers. Sentencing will take place at a later date.
Weatherhead, a 22 year old student, was the only one of the conspirators to contest the charges. Throughout the trial he tried to portray himself as a communications manager and chatroom creator, not one of the front line attackers. When asked whether he had observed attacks while they were happening, Weatherhead responded in the affirmative.
“I was quite interested,” Weatherhead said. “I did not believe that what was being discussed was actually possible.”
Judge Peter Testar warned Weatherhead that the student could face jail time for his part in the PayPal hack. “I want to have as much information as possible before deciding what should happen in the case of these four men,” said Judge Testar. “I think these are serious offences to my mind, and I hope the defendant understands that.”
Weatherhead has been electronically tagged and is subject to curfew at his parents’ home, as he awaits sentence.