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'Anonymous' hacking suspect in court

SAN JOSE, CA (KGO/CNN) – A woman caught up in a national internet hacking raid appeared in federal court in San Jose, CA.

Tracy Venezuela is among 14 people the Justice Department accused of participating in a hacking collective known as "Anonymous," the group that allegedly launched cyber attacks against government websites and online services, pledging its sympathy to WikiLeaks.

"The cyber criminals are what is really a danger to me, the home user, the consumer," said Joris Evers, of McAfee Cybersecurity. "Hacktivists are just out there to make a point."

Venezuela pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and intentional damage to a protected computer.

Online security experts say computer hacking activists have a different agenda than other cyber criminals.

All 14 defendants are set to appear in federal court on Sept. 1; if convicted, each could get 15 years in prison.  

Off camera, Venezuela says she is not dangerous and not affiliated with any group.

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