A 28-year-old US man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to carrying out a cyber-attack on global intelligence firm Stratfor. “Anarchist and hacker” Jeremy Hammond – who said he was part of activist group Anonymous – was charged with stealing information from Stratfor in 2011.
The data included details of more than 850,000 clients, including government and law enforcement agencies.
Some of the accessed material was subsequently published by Wikileaks.
Credit cards linked to some of the accessed details were used to spend more than $700,000 (£465,000) – with some of the money going to charities including the Red Cross and Save the Children.