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Alleged ‘Anonymous’ hacker John Borell blamed for cyber attack on LA Canine Association

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The "hacktivist" group Anonymous, represented here by a member in their omnipresent Guy Fawkes masks.

In some circles he’s a hero. To the hacker collective known as Anonymous he’s a “hacktivist” who took on authorities in the fight against injustice.

But to local and federal law enforcement, John Anthony Borell III is the man who used his computer skills to invade the privacy of more than 100 officers in the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association, for no better reason than because he could.

Authorities announced today that the 21-year-old Ohio man, already in trouble for alleged cyber attacks against law enforcement agencies in Utah, also is thought to be behind the February attacks on the Canine Association’s website, according to the L.A. Times.

Borell currently faces two counts of computer intrusion in the Utah incidents, and could get 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. He pleaded not guilty in mid-April.