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Man pleads guilty in L.A. to cyber attack on Church of Scientology

January 25, 2010 |  7:02 pm
A Nebraska man agreed to plead guilty today in federal court in Los Angeles to participating in a 2008 cyber attack that shut down websites for the Church of Scientology, prosecutors said.

Brian Thomas Mettenbrink, 20, was part of a group that called itself "Anonymous" and planned the January attack as part of a campaign against the church nationwide, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Mettenbrink, who is expected to enter his plea next week, was investigated by a federal task force based in Los Angeles, prosecutors said.

Mettenbrink admitted to downloading software from an Anonymous message board that was used to bombard Scientology websites and prevent them from being accessed by viewers, according to the U.S. attorney.

Prosecutors said a New Jersey man has been sentenced for participating in the attack.

-- Robert J. Lopez