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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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To: Slings and Arrows
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9 posted on 03/06/2012 1:06:41 PM PST by cartan
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To: Slings and Arrows

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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To: Slings and Arrows

17 posted on 03/06/2012 1:31:04 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“...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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To: Lazlo in PA

Where did you find that picture?


21 posted on 03/06/2012 1:39:16 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: txhurl

Some sort of artificial doughnut with synthetic chocolate armor made in Guandong Province.


22 posted on 03/06/2012 1:50:23 PM PST by Joe the Pimpernel (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: CaptainK

FOX news had that one. Just Google it. There are a couple different ones.


23 posted on 03/06/2012 1:54:08 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: driftdiver

People who believe their internet activities are hard to discover, to track, and to uniquely identify - check out these two items:

You know those cookie things - they are passed from agency to agency - and who knows what information is going with them. FireFox has a VERY Scary add on now that can show you the web you are weaving for yourself as you surf - it is called “Collusion” - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/collusion/

I have blocked many many cookies and scripts, and I still am in a huge web shown by Collusion. There is no such thing as being able to do things on the web privately now, it seems to me now.

You block all cookies? Think that will hide you? Check out how easily you are identified just by the information your browser sends out to allow the web to serve you properly: http://panopticlick.eff.org/ Last time I checked, I was uniquely identified by this method that has no dependency on cookies, etc.

How about you?

How about those in something like Anonymous? Do they believe they are not uniquely spotted by much more capable methods?


24 posted on 03/06/2012 1:55:07 PM PST by AFPhys ((Praying for our troops, our citizens, that the Bible and Freedom become basis of the US law again))
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To: q_an_a
I was wondering if anyone here would catch that...

Kudos.

25 posted on 03/06/2012 1:57:23 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: GreatRoad

Since when do the Irish need a reason to be pissed off? [j/k]


26 posted on 03/06/2012 2:00:22 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Watch the FBI or the CIA hire him after he’s served his time.


27 posted on 03/06/2012 2:01:01 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: struggle
Challenge Accepted
28 posted on 03/06/2012 2:01:13 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: driftdiver

From the article, I read that the Feds have his kids. That’s a big bargaining chip.

Or do you mean the hacker guy?


29 posted on 03/06/2012 2:02:23 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: q_an_a

Excellent observation! They’ve had him and everything he knows/had, since June 7, 2011. Wow.

Besides the Stratfor site, what Conservative sites did they take down?


30 posted on 03/06/2012 2:07:22 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill
I guess conservative would be a mischaracterization - CIA, DOJ,dallas police and a large number of banks.

here is a list from last year. http://www.valuewalk.com/2012/02/the-list-of-websites-hacked-defaced-taken-down-by-anonymous/

31 posted on 03/06/2012 2:27:17 PM PST by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: driftdiver
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.

Our gov't lets google do it for them...

32 posted on 03/06/2012 2:41:47 PM PST by null and void (Day 1141 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Slings and Arrows

Too bad the FBI, CIA, etc isn’t able to stop the commie chinese hackers.

Maybe, we can turn these freaks and get them to help give hell to the chi-coms. I know, they are sympathetic to the chicoms, but maybe some time with 300lb smelly bubba will motivate them.


33 posted on 03/06/2012 2:44:56 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: q_an_a

heard about this?

http://truth11.com/2012/03/06/the-hunt-is-on-cabal-arrests-accelerating-ben-fulford-march-5-2012/

anonymous hacker guys are mentioned... found it on a search for them. news to me. scary if true...


34 posted on 03/06/2012 2:53:07 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: AFPhys

Its possible to uniquely identify you from what you type, your computer, and the sites you visit.


35 posted on 03/06/2012 3:01:23 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: carriage_hill

That was pretty funny.


36 posted on 03/06/2012 3:01:41 PM PST by nixonsnose (Let's see all you lawyers argue your way out of hell.)
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To: nixonsnose

did you see this report?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r787BQW2R68


37 posted on 03/06/2012 3:03:16 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: Slings and Arrows

Very long terms in prison for hackers and developers of trojans and malware are needed. Let’s say 10 years in prison for each hacked computer or computer invaded, sentences to run concurrently

These draconian measures would filter out all but the sociopaths, insane, and government intelligence agents using hacking to gain intel or to disrupt enemy government programs via computers.


38 posted on 03/06/2012 3:35:57 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: q_an_a

exactly!


39 posted on 03/06/2012 6:15:51 PM PST by Buttlefry
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40 posted on 03/06/2012 6:18:42 PM PST by narses
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To: carriage_hill

That’s shocking.

How bout the George Bush Sr. turned states evidence on Bill Gates and they arrested him for trying to undermine the country’s financial system?


41 posted on 03/06/2012 6:45:53 PM PST by nixonsnose (Let's see all you lawyers argue your way out of hell.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Execute them.


42 posted on 03/06/2012 9:51:38 PM PST by NoLibZone (Liberal concern for womens rights is fake. I submit their love of Bill Maher as proof.)
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To: nixonsnose

I’m bewildered by all the stuff I’m now finding on this subject, just as an accident on a search for something else. I’m trying to get more data on it to find out if what happened, really happened, and whether the “financial wheels” are really turning that fast, n.


43 posted on 03/07/2012 3:33:12 AM PST by carriage_hill
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