A 22-year-old arrested back in early April for his suspected involvement in hacker attacks as part of the Anonymous hacking group has been formally charged by British police, according to an Associated Press report. Not many details have been released, though the suspect has been identified as Peter David Gibson, currently a student at Hartlepool.
If convicted, Gibson faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. More likely, however, is that he'll plea bargain for a lesser punishment and fork over intel on Anonymous at large (note that plea bargaining in the U.K. works differently than it does in the U.S.). Anonymous has been behind several high profile hacker attacks in recent months, and their antics are growing stale, even for those within the organization.
Earlier this week, a former Anonymous hacker known as "SparkyBlaze" wrote what was basically a scathing resignation letter. SparkyBlaze, who identified himself as Matthew from the U.K., said he was fed up with Anonymous releasing "gig[abyte] after gig of innocent people's information. The attack against San Fransisco's BART public transit system pushed him over the edge and appears to have created some dissent within the group.