SAN FRANCISCO (AP)
Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to helping briefly disable online payment service provider Paypal as part of a protest that authorities say was organized by the hacking group Anonymous.
Authorities say the 13 defendants acknowledged taking part in a protest organized by Anonymous in December 2010 after Paypal cut ties to the anti-secrecy website Wikileaks when it released more than 700,000 leaked government documents.
Ten of the defendants pleaded guilty Thursday to felony and misdemeanor charges of intentionally damaging a protected computer.
The U.S. Department of Justice plans to drop the felony charges, and the 10 people will be sentenced to probation a year from now if they stay out of legal trouble.
Three other defendants pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in San Jose federal court and face similar sentences.
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