Two young men have been charged as part of a Metropolitan Police investigation into attacks by the Anonymous online activist group.
Christopher Jan Weatherhead, a 20 year-old from Chester, and Ashley Rhodes, a 26 year-old from Kennington in London, have been charged with conspiracy to impair the operation of a computer under the Criminal Law Act 1977, the police force said in a statement on Thursday.
The men have been bailed to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 7 September. Two other people have been bailed to appear at the hearing for the same offence — Peter David Gibson, a 22 year-old student from Hartlepool, and a 17 year-old male from Chester.
Anonymous has claimed a number of distributed denial of service attacks against organisations including MasterCard and Visa.
Two other people, Ryan Cleary and Jake Davis, will enter pleas in January in connection with charges of taking part in attacks as part of the Anonymous and LulzSec groups.