Nebraska Anonymous jailed for attacking Church of Scientology

Anonymous delivers serves:

– 12 months in jail
– $20,000 in restitution
– Another 12 months supervison after he is out of prison


LOS ANGELES – A Nebraska man who took part in a cyber attack against Church of Scientology websites two years ago was sentenced to one year in prison by a federal judge in Los Angeles here Monday.

Brian Mettenbrink, was also ordered to serve one year of supervised release after his jail sentence ends, after pleading guilty to what Judge Gary Feess described as a ‘sense of hate crime.’

Mettenbrink had admitted a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized access of a protected computer.

According to court documents, Mettenbrink was part of the shadowy anti-scientology group ‘Anonymous,’ which has conducted several protests against the Church of Scientology in recent years.

In January 2008 the group announced a cyber offensive against the church which disabled access to Scientology’s Web sites, prosecutors said.

(AFP, 25 May 2010)

More reading: Mettenbrink Indictment. Associated Press, Church of Scientology Press Release


  1. Wow, you guys are really getting desperate. This is actually entertaining.

    And more to come Bigdaddy. The one and only DM will be jailed one day. Regardless of what Scientologists want to ignore about what the man has done.

  2. Just for comparison purposes, how many scientologists have been convicted of crimes? Is it more than three? And were ant of the crimes more severe than computer hacking or malicious mischief?

  3. Just so we know, how many times do you plan on posting variations on the same story, regarding the same individuals? I mean, I know that the critics don’t seem to have many crimes for you to post about, but this is like the fifth piece you’ve dedicated to this incident, starting BEFORE the conviction!

  4. Crime doesn’t pay.

    – L

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