Cyber crime

Anonymous “spokesperson” Barrett Brown facing multiple new charges, in relation to Stratfor hack


The never ending saga of Barrett Brown continues.  Brown, 31, who was a self-styled “spokesperson” for the group Anonymous  faces new charges in relation to the hacking a year ago of the intelligence firm, Stratfor.

According to federal prosecutors, Brown was indicted this week in Texas on a dozen charges including aggravated identity theft and device fraud.  He is accused of making public an Internet link providing access to credit card information stolen from Stratfor, which had emails taken during that same hack released by WikiLeaks. The full indictment against Brown can be seen here.

Brown had already been arrested and charged in October with threatening FBI agent, Robert Smith. Like much of Brown’s recent life, even the October arrest played out in the media, as he was arrested while on a live Tinychat session.  One can hear him apparently trying to get away from the FBI and sounds that may have been taser bursts at 1:30.

The Stratfor breach led to the disclosure of thousands of credit card numbers and other information. Jeremy Hammond was also arrested, but charged with participating in the actual hacking of the company.

HT  TwoTroubles


Bret Baier reports OWS rants about benefits of Hurricane Sandy, “Anonymous” twitter accounts then threaten him

Yesterday FNC’s Bret Baier on Grapevine reported on the comments by @OccupyWallStreet ‘s official twitter account in response to Hurricane Sandy. See his report here.  This earned him some unfavorable attention from twitter accounts associated with Anonymous (one of the founding parts of  Occupy). They “doxed”  Baier (got his personal information including his home address and phone) and said “anything goes” against him.

On Tuesday, the day after the hurricane started, the OWS account started with a rant against capitalism:

Then followed up immediately thereafter with the specific “benefits” of Sandy:

What obscures “community”? Why, Capitalism, of course.

They then advised people to go outside on Tuesday (while many wires and trees were still down and dangerous, most without power, many still under water ).

In the above tweet, they link to an article on another Occupy site that refers to Sandy as the “People’s Hurricane” and a “Climate Strike”  (arguing Sandy is due to Climate change that evil Wall St loosed on itself).

In response, the OWS account was widely castigated by the Twitterverse.  Jaceyla Jones was perhaps one of the best, reminding them that people had died.

After being roundly criticized, suddenly the OWS account seemed taken over by notices of how one could volunteer to help out Sandy victims, and posting on Occupy “volunteer efforts”. Still, they revealed  it was all about the politics, noting:

They then started praising themselves for their “rapid response” to Sandy, and attacked the Tea Party and government response.

When the FNC report by Baier then dared report some of the above tweets, this Anonymous account first called him a liar, saying that Occupy was helping victims.

Thereafter the following tweets recorded the effort to “dox” Baier and discussed what should be done to him. Click to enlarge:

This was then followed up with a post with his “dox” including phone numbers, home address, age and birthday. Citizen Journalist will not be linking to that dox page.

Here is a copy of the page with relevant info excised.

Anonymous@DBCOOPA has since scrubbed the first tweet about “ruining Baier’s life”.

HT @RichardRSmithJr for screenshot

“Anonymous” group claims to have planted a bomb in a government building to blow up on November 5th (Updated)

Here is the statement that they released.  which reads as follows:

Dear citizens of the world,
We are anonymous. As of today 200 kilograms of composite Nitroglycerin and commercial explosives have effectively been concealed in a government building, situated in the united states of America. on the 5th of November 2012 the device will detonate remotely via the transmission control protocol, leaving behind severe consiquences[sic]. We would like to advise that the contraption is built inside a tamper proof apparatus sensitive to physical intrusions or attempted disarmament, thus resulting in the desired effect, if the military grade device is found before the 5th of November. there is no intention, risks or circumstances what so ever to cause harm to innocent people, but we can not, say the same for the people who are the real terrorists, oppressors and war creators.
we are anonymous
we are legion
we do not forget
we do not forgive
on the 5th of November, you will expect us.

The release says it is from the group “@FawkesSecurity” and references “#OpV” which refers to the actions planned for November 5th (which harkens back to V for Vendetta and Guy Fawkes Day). Other videos and statements from other Anonymous accounts have called for actions in the streets on that day to help bring down the government.


Since the video hit yesterday, many in Anonymous have denounced it, asserting that they would not employ such tactics. Speculation about @FawkesSecurity ranges from “false flag” and “fed”, to “attention whore”.  The Youtube account is not one of the main Anonymous accounts, although it is connected to a bigger channel.

@FawkesSecurity appears to have been on the Anonymous scene since at least the end of last year. The twitter profile lists a Facebook to a private group, with the administrator supposedly a blonde woman from New York named “Jodie Rushforth”, which is likely false. There are several others listed in the grouping as well.

This group has claimed involvement in attacks on HSBC and on Twitter last week over the suspension of the account @Anon_Central. Other Anons are now disputing these claims.

The nature of Anonymous allows anyone to effectively claim to be a part of it. Yet this is not the first threat claiming to come from an Anonymous source. In February, for example, The Anon Message released a video, declaring war on the United States and calling for the destruction of the government, specifically noting this was not calling for a “protest” but a “call to arms”, again referencing #OpV and November 5th. That video has over 400,000 views.

Anonymous connected in threats against the University of Pittsburgh

Three men, including two men who claimed to be part of Anonymous, were charged this past week with making threats against the University of Pittsburgh.

Between March 30 and April 21, 2012, the University of Pittsburgh received over 40 email bomb threats directed at its buildings.  An email “open letter” claiming to be from “the threateners” claimed the reason for the threats was that the University had posted a $10,000 reward for prior bomb threats that had been written on walls at the University. The open letter called that a “prank” by a “kid”, and expressed disturbance at the school Chancellor’s response of offering a reward to track down the perpetrator. The open letter claimed the writers were “disrupting the University to teach the Chancellor a lesson”.

Over 100 evacuations took place, disrupting classes and dormitories, causing great concern throughout the university and surrounding area, and costing the University over $300,000.  According to the FBI, these threats were made by Adam Stuart Busby, a resident of Dublin Ireland.  Authorities also are charging extortion because the threateners said they would stop if the reward, now $50,000, was withdrawn.  The University withdrew the offer and the threats ceased.

Busby is also charged with subsequently threatening the US attorney and sending bomb threats pertaining to the federal courthouses in Pittsburgh and in Erie.

Collectively Busby was charged with wire fraud(the emails),  extortion, and spreading false information. Busby is in custody in Ireland on other charges. He has a long history of threats against various governments and entities. See the indictments here and here.

On April 26, the University was threatened again over the internet by a video posted by “AnonOperative13”.  The video claimed that Anonymous had hacked the University servers and stolen confidential information including credit cards and grades of students.  The video asked that the University apologize to the students for Anonymous’ ability to access the information.  Unless the University apologized, the video promised the information would be published for all to see.

Alexander Waterland, 24, and Brett Hudson, 26, both of Ohio, were charged in relation to the video with sending threats and stealing data.

Alexander Waterland

The maximum penalty for wire fraud is 20 years in prison, for  false information is 10 years in prison, for extortionate threats is two years in prison. Because all counts charged are felonies, the maximum fine on each count is $250,000. The law provides for a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, for Waterland and Hudson. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the
offenses and the prior criminal history if any, of the defendants

Although the connection between the two Ohio men and Busby was not specified, they were charged together and Waterland is mentioned in Busby’s indictment. It is not clear at this time if Busby is also alleged to be part of Anonymous, although that would explain the connection.

Wikileaks allegedly DDOSed and taken down and some of its attendant sites have been DDOSed, according to Softpedia.

A group identifying itself on Twitter as AntiLeaks is taking credit  for taking down on August 3, and it still appears to be down today.

Wikleaks tweeted that they were investigating.

In taking credit, AntiLeaks announced that was “tango down”. AntiLeak tweeted:

“You can call me DietPepsi. I am the leader of AntiLeaks. We are not doing this to call attention to ourselves. We are young adults, citizens of the United States of America and are deeply concerned about the recent developments with Julian Assange and his attempt at asylum in Ecuador,” he wrote.

“Assange is the head of a new breed of terrorist. We are doing this as a protest against his attempt to escape justice into Ecuador. This would be a catalyst for many more like him to rise up in his place. We will not stop and they will not stop us,” he added.

WikiLeaks has responded with a call for donations from its supporters to allegedly help against attacks.

Other sites also affected by DDOS attacks were WL Central, Justice for Assange, FDNN and Cabledrum.  Only Wikileaks and Cabledrum are still down.

Wikileaks has a mirror site up in the meantime.

And one more time…

Anonymous declares war, again.

They called for revolt yesterday, but just to be clear, today they spelled it out more, that yes, they are calling for people to take up arms and overthrow the government.

Some have speculated that this may be about the fifth call on the people to war against the government.  For some reason, they just don’t seem to be getting the people to respond. Clearly, they think all that was needed was to repeat the call. Maybe people haven’t heard it enough yet.

There is something slightly more interesting in this call, though.

There is a clear outreach within the video to exploit anger and fear about Obama possibly removing guns, about Obamacare and about Obama Executive Orders.

Are they reaching out to the right, to the constitutionalist? It would appear so.

However, they fail to get that a constitutionalist would be the last person to follow them in their continued path to attack anyone who disagrees with them, the antithesis of free speech. Their sole purpose, just like Occupy, is to get folks into the streets, doesn’t matter how or why, just get them out there so they can revolt. Hence the ghoulish ambulance chasing of people upset about issues, like Trayvon Martin and the deaths in Anaheim.

One might have a concern about the growth or reach of the government. But I suspect constitutionalists will not be picking up this call anytime soon.

Anonymous calls for revolution and war against the US-again

In the wake of protests in Anaheim, California,  allegedly over “officer involved shootings”, Anonymous has released a video, calling for revolution against the United States, declaring it #OpAnaheim.  In a prior video some months ago, an Anonymous video called for people to take up arms against the government and actually declared war on the US.

This video calls for for people to rise up and overthrow the US government. It mentions “shooting of protesters”, using the term loosely as the only “shooting of protesters” involved pepper spray balls or bean bags.  Here is a transcript of the video:

Citizens of the World,
We are Anonymous.

The purpose of this video is clear.

We want to inform the citizens of the world, that the United States is setting the flames of revolution. In Anaheim, police shot protesters and bystanders including kids who did nothing wrong. We, Anonymous, are calling yet again to the citizens of the United States, to rise up in unison, and defeat this government which values no lives nor freedom.

Do it for the safety of your families, your homes, and your future generations.

The fate of America is in your hands. Do you wish to be oppressed further, or do you wish to obtain freedom and peace?

The choice is yours. Let beat the drums of war.

Operation Anaheim, engaged.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.