Man admits Ferguson-related cyberattack on police website

3 years 1 week 4 days ago Friday, September 11 2015 Sep 11, 2015 Friday, September 11, 2015 1:11:00 PM CDT September 11, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - December sentencing is set for a man who admitted in federal court that he helped orchestrate a cyberattack that disabled a police union's website during the unrest following last year's Ferguson police shooting death of Michael Brown.

Thirty-three-year-old Justin Payne pleaded guilty Friday in St. Louis to a felony count of possessing an unregistered firearm and a misdemeanor count of damaging a protected computer. Authorities say Payne's hometown is unknown.

Federal prosecutors say last December's cyberattack that targeted the St. Louis County Police Association website was part of a so-called "Operation Ferguson" effort in support of protesters of Brown's August 2014 shooting death by a Ferguson police officer.

Investigators say Payne used Twitter accounts to orchestrate the cyberattack that overwhelmed the police union's website.

Payne was arrested in March.

 

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