Accused Utah Police Hacker Pleads Not Guilty


John Anthony Borell III of Toledo, Ohio has been charged with two counts of felony computer intrusion for taking down two Utah police Web sites in January.

Borell has entered a plea of not guilty, according to the Associated Press' Paul Foy.

"He faces up to ten years inside and a $250,000 fine if found guilty on the charges," writes The Register's Joe Fay. "He was arrested last month after the websites of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association and Salt Lake City Police Department were hacked back in January. Borell has been required to live in a halfway house in the run-up to his court appearance."

"Borell is apparently a member of the hacker activist group Anonymous, which has taken credit for numerous online attacks," writes CNET News' Martin LaMonica. "Law enforcement officials were aided in their investigation by Borell's comments on Twitter and on Web sites about the attack, according to reports."

"Further proof of his identity was found when the FBI looked through chat logs in IRC," writes VentureBeat's Meghan Kelly. "There, Borell explained that his father was an attorney and was advising him against talking to the FBI. Agents searched Ohio-based attorneys and found two local attorneys named 'John Anthony Borell Esq.' He had also been in contact with Sabu, Anonymous’s once bullhorn, turned FBI informant."

Salt Lake City police say they spent $33,000 fixing the damage done by Borell's attacks.