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Weekend Series on Crime: Anonymous, the Hackers

Secret Service Investigates ‘Anonymous’ Claims of Releasing Personal Information about Donald Trump

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 8.04.25 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating hacker activist movement Anonymous after it claimed to uncover personal information about Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, Time reports.

“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of the Internet postings of Candidate Donald Trump’s personal information,” a spokesperson for the Secret Service confirmed to Time. “We are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in this matter.”

An Anonymous member posted a YouTube video that compared Trump to Adolf Hitler and then said the movement released Trump’s Social Security number, cell phone number and other personal information.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the information was correct.

Anonymous-Linked Activist Sent to Prison for Threatening FBI Agent, Sharing Stolen Data

 

Barrett Brown via YouTube

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An activist tied to the hacking group Anonymous was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of threatening an FBI agent and spreading stolen data.

The Business Insider reports that Barrett Brown, who had faced more than 100 years behind bars, read from a lengthy statement before sentencing, saying he broke the law to uncover unlawful government activity.

“If I criticize the government for breaking the law, but then break the law myself in an effort to reveal their wrongdoing, I should expect to be punished just I’ve called for the criminals at government-linked firms… to be punished,” he said. “When we start fighting crime by any means necessary, we become guilty of the same hypocrisy as law enforcement agencies throughout history that break the rules to get the villains, and so become villains themselves.”

Brown was arrested in 2012 after threatening an FBI agent in a YouTube video.

He pledged to “ruin his life and look into his (expletive) kids.”

Brown also was charged with sharing information hacked from defense contractor Stratfor, Business Insider wrote.

Hacker Group ‘Anonymous’ Says It Shut Down Cleveland’s Website Over Police Shooting

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Notorious hacker group Anonymous took credit for shutting down the city of Cleveland’s website Monday, prompting an FBI investigation, Cleveland.com reports.

Anonymous said the website was hacked in response to the police shooting of Tamir Rice, who was killed Saturday while carrying an airsoft gun.

The website was still down Tuesday morning.

“The city of Cleveland and our website vendor are reviewing the incident and determining proper preventative measures to be added in order to ensure future attacks are thwarted,” city spokesman Daniel Ball said.

Anonymous posted a video on YouTube, saying Tamir was shot “in cold blood.”

“Police of the United States you will learn in due time once anonymous has shut down your sites that we will not stand for your ignorant untrained rookie cops,” the message said.

 

FBI Investigates Hacking Attacks Targeting Law Enforcement Handling Ferguson Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating hacking attacks targeting the personal computers and accounts of law enforcement involved in the Ferguson investigation, CNN reports.

Authorities believe the attacks are coming from hackers affiliated with the group Anonymous.

Investigators are trying to determine the extent of the breach.

Included in the attacks are personal computers of investigators.

The hacking attacks are one reason police aren’t wearing their names on their uniforms, officials said.

Homeland Security Warns about Today’s ‘National Day of Rage’ Over Ferguson Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The activist group Anonymous has hatched plans for nationwide protests in Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown, and Homeland Security is worried enough to issue a warning about the potential ramifications, the Caller reports.

The group is calling for a “National Day of Rage” today.

The bulletin was issued but the Threat Management Division of the Federal Protective Service.

“Currently there is no indication that protests are expected to become violent. However, recent protests in Ferguson have resulted in violence, property damage and subsequent arrests,” the bulletin reads.

“Current civil unrest associated with the incident in Ferguson, MO, presents the potential for civil disobedience directed toward identifiable law enforcement personnel, marked law enforcement equipment and government facilities associated with law enforcement during the identified protest times and dates.”

Celebrity Hacker Helped Prevent More Than 300 Cyber Attacks As Informant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has used celebrity hacker “Sabu” to imprison his friends and prevent prevent more than 300 cyber attacks against the U.S. military, NASA and media companies in the past three years, CNN reports.

Hector Monsegur, who used the Sabu moniker online, helped crack down on hacking collectives Anonymous and LulzSec.

In exchange for his help, the government is seeking leniency. Monsegur previously faced up to 26 years in prison for identity theft and credit card fraud.

“Working sometimes literally around the clock, at the direction of law enforcement, Monsegur engaged his co-conspirators in online chats that were critical to confirming their identities and whereabouts,” prosecutors said. “During some of the online chats, at the direction of law enforcement, Monsegur convinced LulzSec members to provide him digital evidence of the hacking activities they claimed to have previously engaged in, such as logs regarding particular criminal hacks.”

Alleged Member of Hacktivist Collective, Anonymous, Faces A Prison Sentence of 440 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators announced a total of 44 charge against a suspected member of the hacktivist group Anonymous.

Fidel Salinas, 27, of Donna, Texas, could be sentenced up to 444 years in prison for conspiring with the collective to hack computer systems of a county government, a school district and a newspaper in Texas, RT.com reports.

For awhile, it looked like Salinas would only face a single charge, but subsequent charges continue to be filed.

Salinas is also accused of cyber-stalking a female victim at least 18 times in December 2011.

“According to the allegations, between Dec. 23-29, 2011, Salinas had the intent to harass and intimidate a female victim. Allegedly, he repeatedly e-mailed her, attempted to gain unauthorized access to her website, made submissions through a contact form on that site and tried to open user accounts without her consent,” the FBI said in Tuesday’s statement.

“The indictment lists his alleged attempts to stalk her and hack into her website. According to the indictment, he repeatedly did so late at night and early in the morning, with his stalking attempts or messages sometimes occurring less than one minute apart from each other. He allegedly did so as part of a conspiracy or agreement with at least one other person, according to the charges.”