Man guilty of ‘Anonymous’ hacking of Pa. law firm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man has pleaded guilty to hacking into the computers of a law firm in conjunction with a couple who have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial on related charges.

Twenty-one-year-old Matthew James West will be sentenced Sept. 4 for his guilty pleas Monday to charges that he unlawfully trafficked in computer passwords belonging to the law firm, which has been identified only as VG in court documents.

West acknowledged hacking into the firm’s computers using a password given him by Alyson Cunningham, after she was fired by the firm in November 2011. Her husband, Jonathan Cunningham, is also charged and both have pleaded not guilty.

West says he posed as part of the hacker group “Anonymous” when he installed software to capture passwords of people on the firm’s network, and obtained their financial information.

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