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Anonymous in disarray after major crackdown snares leaders
CNN.com ^ | 3/6/12 | David Goldman

Posted on 03/06/2012 12:57:02 PM PST by Slings and Arrows

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- In the U.S. government's biggest crackdown to date on a hacktivist group calling itself "Anonymous," four leaders and one other activist were arrested Tuesday and charged with a computer hacking conspiracy.

The U.S. Department of Justice also revealed Tuesday that it had snared the prime leader of an Anonymous offshoot group called LulzSec, which conducted a high-profile, two-month hacking rampage last summer against corporate and government targets.

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What particularly set the movement on edge was the conviction and apparent turning of the LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur, known by his hacker alias Sabu.

(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anonymous; corruption; fraud; hectormonsegur; hectorxaviermonsegur; lulzsec; monsegur; napl; pwn3d; realsabu; sabu; therealsabu
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1 posted on 03/06/2012 12:57:07 PM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
V& and B&!


2 posted on 03/06/2012 12:59:33 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I guess they weren’t legion. More like a dozen guys in basements.


3 posted on 03/06/2012 1:02:28 PM PST by Malsua
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To: Malsua

Down to eight guys now.


4 posted on 03/06/2012 1:03:58 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I truly hope they send these animals to prison for life.


5 posted on 03/06/2012 1:04:16 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Slings and Arrows
It's about time these dopes got caught. Something tells me Hector isn't smiling anymore unless the Regime offers a plea deal so that he can work exclusively for the DNC and Rat machine.


6 posted on 03/06/2012 1:04:16 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yep, I suspect that that smirk is thing of the past.


7 posted on 03/06/2012 1:06:37 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Malsua

If the FBI wants to they can monitor your specific connection, have been able to for years.

Without a warrant.


8 posted on 03/06/2012 1:06:41 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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9 posted on 03/06/2012 1:06:41 PM PST by cartan
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10 posted on 03/06/2012 1:18:22 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: driftdiver

Yep. Sadly these “pro freedom” scumbags like Anonymous are the ones who threaten our freedom the most due to the fact that they provide the reason for government crackdowns.

If I were a wannabe dictator in a somewhat free country, I would quietly support this sort of thing to make the victims of hacking more likely to support giving up their freedom.


11 posted on 03/06/2012 1:18:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

He’ll get WitSec and big $ from the govt, until *someone* (one of his former hacker-pals) finds and offs him.


12 posted on 03/06/2012 1:20:56 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: cripplecreek

They already do. In China they are very blatant about it. In the they monitor and pretend they don’t. Its way too easy for them to resist. For our own safety ya know.


13 posted on 03/06/2012 1:23:58 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

What on earth is he eating?


14 posted on 03/06/2012 1:24:26 PM PST by txhurl (Thank you, Andrew Breitbart. In your untimely passing, you have exposed these people one last time.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

From the article: Internet criminals. “One was from New York, two of the other leaders were from the United Kingdom, and two were from Ireland. The fifth, more loosely connected arrestee was from Chicago.”

I get the NY & Chicago lunatics but Ireland? What did the US ever do to piss of freaks in Ireland??


15 posted on 03/06/2012 1:24:56 PM PST by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: carriage_hill

If they were smart they kept something juicy back as a bargaining chip.


16 posted on 03/06/2012 1:27:02 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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17 posted on 03/06/2012 1:31:04 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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“...that smirk is thing of the past.”

Especially when his 300 lb cellmate, “Bubba”, tells him, “You sure got a purdy mouth!”


18 posted on 03/06/2012 1:35:04 PM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: Slings and Arrows

WAIT WAIT - take a deep look at the story - the leader has been known for months and working with the FEDS!! They took down Stratfor and other conservative sites while under government watchdog!!Can you say - another Fast and Furious attack on the conservatives in America!


19 posted on 03/06/2012 1:36:46 PM PST by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: struggle
I'm not geek enough to make this work for your proxy comment, but for some reason, this quote from Dirty Harry came to mind.

I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

I'm sure one of our resident computer experts could update it for the times.

20 posted on 03/06/2012 1:38:08 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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