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Anonymous hacker gets 10 years in prison for DDoS attacks on children's hospitals

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A Massachusetts man was sentenced today to ten years in prison for launching DDoS attacks on behalf of the Anonymous hacker collective against US children's hospitals in 2014.

Martin Gottesfeld, 34, was also ordered to pay $443,000 in restitution for damages caused by his DDoS attacks, which he allegedly carried with the help of a botnet made up of over 40,000 internet routers.

The attacks were part of #OpJustina, a campaign of the Anonymous hacker collective, which Gottesfeld backed and was a primary force.

The campaign aimed to raise public interest in the case of Justina Pelletier, a young girl who was separated from her parents after a diagnosis made by Boston Children's Hospital medical staff.

Although the girl was eventually reunited with her parents a year later after it was revealed that doctors misdiagnosed her condition, at the time of the events in 2014, Gottesfeld decided to support her parents' case by launching DDoS attacks against the Wayside Youth and Family...(continued)

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