Town student in “hack” charge

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A STUDENT from Hartlepool has been charged over online attacks by international hacking gang Anonymous.

Peter David Gibson will appear before magistrates next month accused of conspiracy to do an unauthorised act in relation to a computer, Scotland Yard said.

The 22-year-old was arrested in April as part of the force’s investigation into a string of high-profile attacks on companies.

Gibson, of Castleton Road, Seaton Carew, has been granted bail to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 7.

A number of hacking groups claimed responsibility for distributing denial of service attacks on major companies, where websites are flooded with traffic to make them crash.