In December 2010, PayPal suspends its Wikileaks’ accounts in order to stop the anti-secrecy website from accessing and receiving donations. This decision was made in response to the publication of classified documents by Wikileaks.
Finding the decision unfair, the “Anonymous” coordinated and executed a denial-of-service attacks against PayPal under the name of “Operation Payback”.
Most of the 13 defendants charged with Felony pleaded guilty.
However, according to the US attorney’s statement, they will be allowed to reduce their charge down to a misdemeanour next year, should they respect the terms of their agreement before sentencing. Three of defendants agreed to misdemeanour charges.
The Anonymous operation, which has lasted 10 days, cost PayPal $5.4 million.