‘Anonymous’ member charged in Utah police hacking

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - An Ohio man linked to the hacker collective Anonymous has been charged with hacking into the websites of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association and the Salt Lake City Police Department, then taking credit for the attacks on Twitter.

John Anthony Borell III, of Toledo, Ohio, is to be arraigned Monday in federal court in Salt Lake City. The 21-year-old is charged with two counts of computer intrusion in a federal indictment unsealed Monday.

Prosecutors say Borell intruded on the chiefs’ website server Jan. 19, then broke into the police department’s website Jan. 31. Both computer attacks caused more than $5,000 damage.

FBI investigators say they tracked Borell through his Internet address. He was arrested March 20.

Each count carries up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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