A one-time member of the activist group Akron Anonymous pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to launching an online denial of service attack that shut down web sites for the city of Akron and its police department in 2017.
James Robinson, 33, is scheduled to be sentenced July 1 for damaging protected computers.
Robinson — an online social activist who used the name AkronPhoenix420 — took credit for the computer attacks on Twitter the same day they happened, investigators said.
He linked to a static image on YouTube showing someone in a Guy Fawkes Mask while a voice-over said it was time to teach Akron police a lesson for abusing the law.
An investigation by local, state and federal officials ultimately linked the DDoS attacks to an Internet connection registered in Robinson’s name, prosecutors said.