Jeremy Hammond was arrested in March, 2012, after he and others around the world, broke through the security in Stratfor (Strategic Forecasting), a private security firm. By August, 2012, he plead guilty to a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, in order to protect his family from being brought into private lawsuits for millions of dollars and protect himself from charges and frivolous lawsuits in multiple states that could have increased his time to decades in prison.
Barrett Brown, journalist, activist, and founder of Project PM, was arrested in September 2012, for posting a link on the internet, posting videos to YouTube and hiding his laptop from investigators… He is looking at 100 years behind bars.
Barrett’s mother, Karen Lancaster McCutchin was indicted too – she had the “audacity” to put Barrett’s laptops in a kitchen cabinet in an attempt to protect her son. In November, 2012, she plead guilty for a reduced sentence of six months’ probation and a $1,000 fine.
Higinio Ochoa III (aka, W0rmer), arrested in March, 2012, and “identified” as a member of CabinCr3w, was sentenced to 27 months for hacking into the computers for Texas Department of Public Safety, the Alabama Department of Public Safety, Houston County, Alabama and the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association. He has served 18 months of the term at Federal Satellite Low Elkton in Ohio.
John Anthony Borell III (aka, Kahuna), member of CabinCr3w, agreed to a plea bargain, April 15, 2013, after being charged with violating 18 U.S. Code § 1030 – “Fraud and related activity in connection with computers.” In March, 2012, he was arrested for using SQL injections to attack websites of various law enforcement agencies and government sites to include the Utah Chiefs of Police, the Salt Lake City Police Department, and the City of Springfield, Missouri. He is, currently, serving a sentence of 36 months at the Federal Correctional Institution Allenwood Low in White Deer, PA.
Raynaldo Rivera (aka, Neuron, aka, Wildicv, aka, “Royal”), of Tempe, AZ, member of LulzSec, turned himself in to authorities in August, 2012, after he was indicted for hacking Sony Pictures Entertainment and leaking information on 138,000 employees. In October 2012, he plead guilty and was sentenced to 1 year in prison, 13 months Home Detention, $605,663 in restitution and 1,000 hours of community service. He sits at Federal Corrections Institution La Tuna’s Satellite Camp in Anthony, TX.
Christopher Wayne Cooper (aka, Anthrophobic), hactivist from Alabama, was indicted in July, 2011, along with 13 others, on 15 counts – 1 count of for 18 U.S. Code § 1030 (“Fraud and related activity in connection with computers.”) (b), (c)(4)(A)(i)(I) – conspiracy and 14 counts of 18 U.S. Code § 1030 (“Fraud and related activity in connection with computers.”) (a)(5)(A), (c)(4)(B)(I) – Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer for their part in a DDOS (using LOIC) attack on PayPal in retaliation for PayPal’s suspension of Wikileaks’ accounts after Wikileaks released US State Department cables.
Cooper is, currently, free and on probation in Alabama but must complete payment of the rest of his fines before the end of February, 2014, in order to successfully complete that probation otherwise, his probation can be revoked.
The Payback 13, or 13 people alleged to be members of the collective called “Anonymous” were indicted on October 3, 2013, in Virginia. The group includes Dennis Collins, Jeremy Heller, Zhiwei Chen, Joshua s. Phy, Ryan Gubele, Robert Whitfield, Anthony tadros, Geoffrey Commander, Phillip Simpson, Austen l. Stamm, Timothy Mcclain, Wade Williams and Thomas j. Bell. They are accused of assisting in attacks on various websites to include the Recording Industry Association of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, Visa, MasterCard, Bank of America and several law firms a part of #OpPayback in retaliation for shutting down The Pirate Bay (a file sharing site) as well as credit card companies refusing to process donations to Wikileaks.
Deric Lostutter (aka KYAnonymous), a member of KnightSec, confronted and took down the wall of secrecy around Big Red Football’s Rape Crew and forced the less than caring (and less than honest) sheriff and Big Red supporting DA to investigate the gang rape of a young adolescent girl from Kentucky, across the river, who had been manipulated into going “out” with a member of the Ohio town’s team, drug from party to party, raped, abused, and photographed naked, urinated on and otherwise abused while dozens of partiers watched, giggled and otherwise allowed the abuse to continue (Kitty Genovese syndrome on steroids).
Deric took exception to the on-going psychological abuse of the girl as Big Red Brats tweeted photos and videos across the planet, degrading her even more. He took exception to the entire lack of concern for this adolescent girl by the small town of Steubenville, its so-called law enforcement and its negligence and the misrepresentation of the facts as well as attempted cover-up of the crime that ran all the way to the administrators, coaches and staff of Steubenville High, the DA’s office and throughout the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department…
Deric pushed for action, gaining the growing support of people around the planet, and #OpRollRedRoll took on a life of its own.
Calls for the US government’s FBI to investigate were unheeded. Instead of responding to the rape and abuse of an underage girl manipulated across the state line, by Big Red players, for the purpose of that rape; the cover-up by the DA and the High School staff as well as the blatant negligence of the Sheriff’s Office now shamed into an investigation of their Football heroes, the FBI focused on Deric.
From Mother Jones:
At first, he thought the FBI agent at the door was with FedEx. “As I open the door to greet the driver, approximately 12 FBI SWAT team agents jumped out of the truck, screaming for me to ‘Get the fuck down!’ with M-16 assault rifles and full riot gear, armed, safety off, pointed directly at my head,” Lostutter wrote today on his blog. “I was handcuffed and detained outside while they cleared my house.”
Two students were finally brought to trial and given only 10 months each for their part in the rape and abuse of the girl….. Deric is looking at 10 years.
These are but a few of the hacktivists, arrested, indicted, and/or serving sentences for acts of protest and acts of conscience on behalf of the people of the planet. Some breached computer security systems, some just reported on those acts………All are true heroes of the people confronting a corruption that runs unchecked – by corporations, law enforcement agencies and government bodies – while the people of the planet are victimized.
As do all true heroes of the people, these heroes need the support of the people. They have stood, acted and exposed those who play fast and loose with human and civil rights; those who steal power and are corrupted by power.
FreeAnons Solidarity Network has rolled out the Mail to the Jail campaign in support of members of the Collective as well as other whistleblowers who have been imprisoned, harassed, detained or indicted for their part in bringing information and truth to us all.
How can we help?
Follow them and other supporters on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites to learn of their status, their story and any pending court dates.
And if in the vicinity, join others to support them at their trials and hearings.
Stay informed, give support and act.
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