Anonymous-LulzSec-Anti-Sec Arrests in New York

Here's the U.S. Attorney's press release on the arrest of six alleged members of Anonymous and LulzSec today.

Hector Xavier Monsegur, aka Sabu, was cooperating and led to the others. He pleaded guilty in August. The charged offenses include hacks of Fox Broadcasting Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and the Public Broadcasting Service (“PBS”) .

One person from Chicago, Jeremy Hammond, a/k/a “Anarchaos, was charged with the Stratfor hack.

Barrett Brown says on Twitter that his apartment was raided by the FBI this morning and they took laptops but he wasn't arrested. [More...]

Jake Davis, aka Topiary, one of those charged today, was arrested and charged last year in Great Britain. I'm not sure if Ryan Ackroyd, aka Kayla, is the same Kayla who was the subject of this investigation in GB last year. It would seem so, since the 4 alleged leaders of LulzSec were Sabu, Topiary, Kayla and TFlow, the investigation included HBGary, and Ackroyd aka Kayla was charged today with the HB Gary hack. TFlow was arrested in July, 2011.

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    See dog chasing tail (5.00 / 0) (#1)
    by Dadler on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:55:37 AM EST
    Good luck keeping ahead of the next group.  Technology may make control easier in certain respects, but it also has made an anarchy of hijacked information ready to go at the fingertips of anyone practically anywhere on the globe.  Until, I suppose, well, I dunno, we all become metaphorical North Koreans.  Good times, good times.

    Just like the war on drugs... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by kdog on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 11:59:58 AM EST
    these fools can't catch nobody without using informants.

    I know its easier said than done with the pressure and threats the authorities lay on ther accused...but c'mon hackers you're better than this.  Stop Snitchin'!

    Well, Dog, I don't know about you, (none / 0) (#4)
    by Zorba on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 12:14:56 PM EST
    but I sure feel lots safer now and will finally be able to sleep at night.  (/snark)

    Fear driven arrests... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Edger on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 12:00:26 PM EST
    The 1% needs the 99% to run, program, and operate their computers, because 99% of the 1% are completely incapable of doing it themselves.

    They are terrified.

    They laid the charges on thick (none / 0) (#5)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 03:28:30 PM EST
    on Monsegur. He faced 124 years where the others face 20 or less. You bet he made a deal. Unfortunately, being 28 and facing most of the rest of your life in prison, he gave up some others. It will be interesting to see what happens to Anonymous and Lulzsec now.

    You can't say what someone "faced" (none / 0) (#6)
    by Peter G on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 03:32:32 PM EST
    in a federal criminal case by adding up the maximum authorized sentences on the various counts s/he's charged with (such as "124 years").  You have to crunch it (with the aid of knowledgeable counsel) through the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and then make an educated guess as to what aggravating or mitigating factors in the particular case might drive the sentence higher or lower than the Guidelines' suggestion.

    I didn't say it (none / 0) (#7)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 03:40:48 PM EST
    The press realease did.

    You or anyone else (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Peter G on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 05:42:30 PM EST
    It's still a misleading way to look at the situation, and definitely not one from which you (or anyone else) can draw an inference, as you did.  Not accusing you of anything, CL, just trying to clarify the true situation, based on my own experience defending in that realm.

    I hope his lawyer told him the same (none / 0) (#13)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:07:37 PM EST
    I'm sure the FBI used that number to scare him.

    His lawyer is an Asst Federal Public Defender (none / 0) (#14)
    by Peter G on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 10:17:11 PM EST
    They're usually among the best. I'm sure she did.

    Sorry release (none / 0) (#8)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 03:41:58 PM EST

    Hey (none / 0) (#9)
    by Edger on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 03:45:47 PM EST
    Are you knew here? ;-)

    Lurking by occaisionally (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Che's Lounge on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:46:09 PM EST
    You thought I forgot you dint ya.

    Well, I wondered how you're doing (none / 0) (#11)
    by Edger on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 04:53:47 PM EST
    I check to see when you last commented every now and then, and it's been awhile, so it's nice to see you show up today

    I like your handle (none / 0) (#15)
    by DFLer on Wed Mar 07, 2012 at 07:10:25 AM EST