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Anonymous teenage hacker spared jail over cyber attacks 01 Feb 2013 A "profoundly isolated" teenage hacker has avoided jail for his role in planning cyber attacks with the hacking group Anonymous. Jake Birchall, 18, had admitted conspiring to impair the operation of computers between 1 August 2010 and 22 January 2011. Birchall, from Chester, remained impassive on Friday morning as he was given an 18-month youth rehabilitation order and a 60-hour unpaid work requirement by the judge Peter Testar, at Southwark crown court in London. Testar said Birchall should receive a "substantial" custodial sentence for his role in plotting the cyber attacks, but that he was forced to issue a non-custodial sentence because Birchall was 16 when he was arrested.