Former-“Anonymous”-hactivist-turned-FBI-informant Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka "Sabu," has turned to the news media to defend himself against accusations of “snitching” on his colleagues.
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.
In America, rape is evidently considered a less serious crime than hacking now based on the case of Deric Lostutter, the hacktivist better known as KYAnonymous. Lostutter helped expose the cover-up of the infamous Steubenville rape incident, in which a 16-year-old was sexually assaulted by two star football players in the small Ohio town.
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.
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.