Authorities said they busted John Anthony Borell III after he failed to properly anonymize his identity

Dark Reading Staff, Dark Reading

April 18, 2012

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The FBI announced Monday that it arrested John Anthony Borell III, 21, on charges of participating in two January 2012 Anonymous attacks against police websites in Utah.

Borell was arrested in Ohio on March 20, 2012, and indicted by a federal grand jury on April 4, 2012, on two counts of computer intrusion involving SQL injection attacks. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The first attack involved the Salt Lake City police department website, The attack caused $33,000 in damages, said the site's administrator. The attacker also released to Pastebin a database dump containing 473 records containing police officers' usernames, hashed passwords, full names, titles, email addresses, and phone numbers.

In the second attack, against the Utah Chiefs of Police Association website,, the attacker released a list containing the name, email address, and hashed password for 24 Utah chiefs of police. The website administrator, according to the FBI, said the attack had caused $150,000 "in damages accrued in responding to this hacking event."

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