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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Man will be sentenced for cyber attack on police union website

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Man will be sentenced for cyber attack on police union website

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 […]

Man will be sentenced for cyber attack on police union website

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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