Jul 20, 2011 7:03 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Colorado cyberattack suspect to be freed on bail

DENVER (AP) - A judge says a Colorado man charged with helping stage a cyberattack on PayPal can be released on bail if he doesn't use the Internet.

Twenty-seven-year-old Vincent Charles Kershaw of Fort Collins appeared in Denver federal court Wednesday on two counts involving damage to a protected computer.

He's one of 14 people arrested in nine states and the District of Columbia for allegedly attacking PayPal's website in retaliation for PayPal's decision to suspend WikiLeaks' accounts.

A group called Anonymous claimed responsibility for the cyberattack.

An indictment in federal court in San Jose, Calif., says Anonymous called the attacks Operation Avenge Assange a reference to WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.

The judge says Kershaw can be released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. His next court appearance is Sept. 1 in California.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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