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Barrett Brown Guilty Plea Could Chill Reporting

The hacktivist journalist pleaded guilty to three charges stemming from his reporting on a high-profile hack by the group Anonymous and his long-standing conflict with the FBI.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Hacker ‘Weev’ Is Out of Jail, but His ‘Fight for Freedom’ Isn’t Over Yet

After spending over a year in a federal correctional institution, “Weev” Auernheimer’s conviction has been vacated by an appeals court. The U.S. government may try him again and critics of his prosecution hope Auernheimer’s plight will underscore the need to put an end to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



‘It’s Information Warfare Against Journalism, Against the Public’

“The state now wants to make sharing unapproved information a crime,” DSWright writes at FireDogLake. “Which is to say the stakes in the Barrett Brown case could not be higher.”

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



Latest Snowden Revelation Spells Trouble for Anonymous and All of Us

The NSA whistle-blower’s new leak that the British government targeted activist collective Anonymous has sizable and scary implications; in 2013, 85 people were exonerated for crimes they didn’t commit, and it wasn’t just because of scientific advances; meanwhile, strangle rules and regulations are being revealed in Sochi as the Winter Olympics start. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Hacktivist Who Leaked the Steubenville Rape Video Faces 10 Years in Prison as Culprit Walks Free

Remember that awful case in which a couple of high school football stars in Steubenville, Ohio, who raped an unconscious young girl were sentenced thanks to an anonymously leaked video?

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Spanish Feminists Say %$&#* to Best-Seller ‘Get Married and Be Submissive’

A Catholic archbishop-published book runs up the Amazon best-seller list—and infuriates most of the rest of the country that didn’t buy the book. Among its gems: Women “like humiliation because it is for a greater good.”

Posted on Dec 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Hammond

In a statement made Friday just before he was sentenced to 10 years in jail for hacktivism, Jeremy Hammond confirmed his role as a living martyr for the human cause.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Barrett Brown’s Mother Sentenced

The mother of the activist-journalist with links to Anonymous was sentenced to six months’ probation Friday for helping her son hide laptops from the FBI.

Posted on Nov 9, 2013 READ MORE



Karen Lancaster

Gagging the Press: The Federal Case Against Barrett Brown

A federal judge has issued a gag order in the controversial case against journalist Barrett Brown, accused of a crime for, among other things, posting a link to a public site containing hacked files. Yes, the feds are trying to criminalize a journalistic act.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE



Photo by Alexis Gravel (CC-BY-ND)

Canada Bans the Mask: Unlawful Protesters Risk 10 Years in Prison

Masked protesters have become a common sight around the globe and Canada is so concerned about the phenomenon that parliament passed a bill that could, under certain circumstances, put disguised men and women away for a very long time.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Seth Wenig

Truthdigger of the Week: Jeremy Hammond

Had activism merely been a way of getting kicks, Jeremy Hammond would not have risked spending years in jail for hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor.

Posted on Jun 1, 2013 READ MORE



Marco Rubio vs. Rand Paul, Dianne Feinstein vs. Ted Cruz, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Reuters editor is indicted on suspicion of aiding hackers and Barack Obama wants Democratic lawmakers to know he’s not Dick Cheney.

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey (CC-BY)

Was 2012 the Best Year for Documentaries?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A look at the Oscar-nominated docs and other political movies, and more on the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE


Was 2012 the Best Year for Documentaries?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A look at the Oscar-nominated docs and other political movies, and more on the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



Ben Fredericson (xjrlokix) (CC BY 2.0)

‘Operation SOTU’: Anonymous Vows to Hack State of the Union

“We reject the State of the Union. We reject the authority of the President to sign arbitrary orders and bring irresponsible and damaging controls to the Internet,” a statement posted to one of the websites affiliated with the group said. “There will be no State of the Union Address on the web tonight.”

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Anonymous Said to Breach Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve confirmed Wednesday that one of its internal websites was accessed after the hacktivist group Anonymous claimed to have stolen information on more than 4,000 banking executives.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE



YouTube/Aarons ArkAngel

Anonymous Retaliates for Swartz’s Suicide

Members of Anonymous, a collection of digital pranksters working for democracy in the dark places of the Web, said Saturday that they had hijacked the site of the U.S. Sentencing Commission as well as a trove of sensitive documents to take revenge for the death of Internet freedom advocate Aaron Swartz.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr/Jose Mesa

Hacktivism: Civil Disobedience or Cyber Crime?

Internet activist Aaron Swartz was facing up to 13 felony counts and 50 years in prison at the time of his death. His alleged crime? Pulling millions of academic articles from JSTOR. Swartz’s downloads were criminalized under the federal CFAA, an act designed to prosecute hackers. But as his case demonstrates, you don’t necessarily have to be a hacker to be viewed as one by federal law.

Posted on Jan 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Anonymous Honors Aaron Swartz by Hacking MIT

In its tribute to Internet activist Aaron Swartz posted on MIT’s website, the hacktivist collective said it wanted to use “this tragedy to be a basis for reform of computer crime laws, and the overzealous prosecutors who use them.”

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Anonymous Leaks Awful Video of High School Athletes Joking About Teen Rape Accuser

The disturbing 12-minute video features athletes from Steubenville High School in Ohio making fun of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped and raped by two of the school’s star football players last summer.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE



Ben Fredericson (xjrlokix) (CC BY 2.0)

Anonymous Muzzled on Crusade Against Westboro Baptist Church

The hacker collective’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended Wednesday after the group posted personal information belonging to members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr/Nick Forslund

Westboro Baptist Church’s Tax-Exempt Status Challenged

Despite its vitriolic activities and protests that are political in nature, the hate group Westboro Baptist Church has somehow managed to keep its IRS tax-exempt status. But after its publicly announced plans to picket the funerals of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, tens of thousands of people have signed petitions hoping to change that.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr/Elias Gayles

Anonymous Hacks, Promises to ‘Destroy’ Westboro Baptist Church

The hacktivist group Anonymous is going after Westboro Baptist Church after members of the Topeka, Kan., religious hate group announced plans to protest at Sandy Hook Elementary School after the massacre that claimed the lives of 28 people, including 20 children.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: @KYAnonymous

When the law lags behind, it’s up to digital do-gooders such as @KYAnonymous to protect the privacy and physical safety of those put at risk by “revenge porn” predators like Hunter Moore.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Anonymous’ Next Target: Revenge Porn King Hunter Moore

Hacktivist group Anonymous is going after the former owner of a “revenge porn” site that posted naked photographs of men and women along with their social media accounts. The pictures were often sent by vengeful exes and were published without the people’s permission.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE


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Suspect Arrested in New Hacking Attack on Sony

U.S. authorities have arrested 20-year-old Raynaldo Rivera of Tempe, Ariz., an alleged member of the hacking group LulzSec, on suspicion of hacking computer systems belonging to Sony Pictures Europe. If convicted, he could face 15 years in prison.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald Challenges the Surveillance State

Some measure of privacy and secrecy for people is essential, especially when it comes to “effective activism,” the Salon blogger and former constitutional lawyer told an audience at the Socialism 2012 conference last week.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



Faking the ‘Truth About Trayvon’

Fake photographs of Trayvon Martin are being used to diminish public concern about his killing; emails and other documents of the Department of Homeland Security reveal that the hacktivist group Anonymous was investigated as a dangerous security threat; Egyptian women are finding ways to express their revolutionary voices through music. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



Flickr / AvoF (CC-BY)

Infiltration of Political Movements Is the Norm in America

Earlier this month, several members of LulzSec, an offshoot of Anonymous, were charged with hacking, reportedly on the basis of reports from an FBI informer described in the media as a leader of LulzSec, notorious for its exploits against Sony, the CIA, the U.S. Senate, the FBI, Visa, MasterCard and PayPal.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



Anonymous via Twitter

Anonymous Gets Revenge for LulzSec Arrests

You didn’t think Anonymous would stand idly by after the arrests of several members of the hacker collective’s extended network, did you? Well, it didn’t. On Friday, news broke that AntiSec, an Anonymous spinoff group, had struck at two companies in retaliation for the LulzSec bust that happened earlier in the week.

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 READ MORE



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LulzSec ‘Ringleader’ Arrested in Hacker Bust

It’s been a tough couple of weeks in hactivist circles, as law enforcement officials announced Tuesday that six hackers affiliated with the Anonymous spinoff group LulzSec—including “ringleader” Hector Xavier Monsegur—have been busted.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdiggers of the Week: Anonymous

Our picks for this week’s Truthdiggers are a little unusual in that we don’t really know who they are—at least not specifically. But we do know them by their collective, if faceless, alias: Anonymous.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 READ MORE


Leaked Email Suggests Secret Indictment of WikiLeaks Founder

Internal emails disclosed by Anonymous and WikiLeaks suggest that Stratfor, a private intelligence firm working with the U.S. Justice Department, has information about a confidential “sealed indictment” for the arraignment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE


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WikiLeaks, Anonymous Join Forces

Their missions are aligned in many ways, but WikiLeaks and the group of international cyberpunks known collectively as Anonymous made it official in a joint effort, posted by WikiLeaks late on Sunday, consisting of quite a few internal emails from an intelligence company Anonymous targeted over the holidays last year.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE



Anonymous

Anonymous Strikes Back for Megaupload Bust

The notorious incognito hacker bandits known collectively as Anonymous have struck again, this time in retaliation for the bust-up of the highly trafficked file-sharing site Megaupload by federal operatives Thursday, by shutting down the DOJ’s and the White House’s online hubs along with a few key entertainment industry sites.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Anonymous Plunders Security Firm on Christmas

Christmas Day was apparently the perfect day for a little holiday hactivism by the team of international cyber-teurs known collectively as Anonymous, as they rolled out the latest phase of their Operation Anti-Security initiative by cheerfully hacking their way into a security firm in Texas to avail themselves of clients’ personal and financial information.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



Brennan Cavanaugh (CC-BY)

OWS Organizer Questions Intentions of Secretive Affinity Group

Over a pair of steaming coffee cups, I was told that a secret faction has developed within New York City’s Occupy movement, made up of big-name celebrities and would-be leaders, some of whom look determined to steer the movement in a direction of their choosing.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE


‘We Are Legion’: Hacktivists on Film

Whatever else might be said about groups like Anonymous and LulzSec—and the MSM says plenty without saying much—they don’t play. Assuming the position of the rogue hacktivist, their members take on big targets in business, government ... (more)

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr/ luccast85 (CC-BY)

From ‘V’ to OWS: One Mask’s Story

Occupy Wall Street protesters have worn it, as have Anonymous hactivists, chief WikiLeaker Julian Assange and that guy who shared the screen with a shorn Natalie Portman in “V for Vendetta” (that would be Hugo Weaving, who also appears in another cult conspiracy movie, “The Matrix”). But where did the dapper and sinister ... (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



Anonymous via Eddie Colla

Anonymous Wants You to Move Your Money

Camping out by Wall Street and peacefully protesting are but two ways of signaling collective displeasure about America’s compromised economic system, but here comes Anonymous with another handy tip for would-be opponents of our nation’s banking behemoths: Let the currency of their realm do the talking.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / OperationPaperStorm

Anonymous Launches Investigative Research Branch

The hacker collective Anonymous launched a division devoted to investigative reporting last month, marking a departure from the group’s traditional practice of exposing corporations through hacking attacks. (more)

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE


Author and Academic Comments on Wall Street Protests

Protesters continued to occupy Manhattan’s financial district Monday. “Democracy Now!” has footage of the demonstration and interviews with activists, including a conversation with distinguished anthropologist, author and protest-goer David Graeber. (more)

Posted on Sep 19, 2011 READ MORE


Anti-Corporate Protesters Demonstrate on Wall Street

Hundreds of people remained gathered in New York’s financial district Sunday as part of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstration called for by Adbusters, Anonymous and other anti-corporate groups. (more)

Posted on Sep 18, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / JacobRuff (CC-BY)

FCC to Investigate BART for Cutting Cell Service

The Federal Communications Commission said Monday that it will investigate San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit because of its decision to interrupt cellphone service on Aug. 11 before a protest planned for that day. The interruption lasted three hours.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Andrionni Ribo (Northern California, USA)

Hackers Take Aim at San Francisco Transit

The hacker group Anonymous threatened to target the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit website after officials cut the system’s underground cellphone service to prevent a protest last week. (more)

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE



Enrique Dans (CC-BY)

Anonymous Is Going to Try to Kill Facebook (Video)

Remember, remember the fifth of November 2011. That’s the day hactivist collective Anonymous plans to “kill” the second-busiest website on the Internet “for the sake of your own privacy.” In a video message, Anonymous warns that “you are not safe from them [Facebook] nor from any government” to which the social networking website feeds information. (more)

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / csuspect

Anonymous Strikes U.S. Law Enforcement Sites

The hacking group Anonymous took credit Saturday for the theft of a cache of data from rural American law enforcement websites in retaliation for arrests of associates and sympathizers in the United States and Britain. (more)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Auntie P

Prison Doors Vulnerable to Hacking, Researchers Say

The same devices that enabled hackers to sabotage centrifuges at an Iranian nuclear plant last year are being used to control access to jail cells in some of the United States’ most important high-security prisons. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



Karl-Ludwig Poggemann (CC-BY)

The Difference Between Hacking and Attacking

In this age of terrorism and anxiety, we sometimes let loose a little too freely with loaded words like “attack.” Take the case of LulzSec, the humorous hacker collective that brought down the CIA’s World Factbook, penetrated PBS and resurrected Tupac. (more)

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE


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