Anonymous's Public Face Indicted

The charges include one count of stolen authentication features for more than 5,000 credit card account numbers pulled from the Stratfor Global Intelligence database, one count of access device fraud affecting at least 15 unauthorized access devices, as well as ten counts of aggravated identity theft, which gave Brown full access to credit card accounts and related information.

Brown never confirmed that he served as a spokesperson for Anonymous, but was linked frequently to the activities of the group, giving the organization a public face. The indictment, for example, states that Brown transferred the file including more than 5,000 credit card account numbers from the #Anonops IRC channel to his own channel #ProjectPM. Brown describes ProjectPM as a "distributed think-tank" to promote online activism.

In an article published by ArsTechnica, Brown indicated that he was part of Anonymous, telling the publication that he got involved in the group 2010. The indictment covers charges between December 25, 2011 and March 6, 2012.

 

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  • Anonymous
    He never "transferred" a file. He posted a link to the dump in his channel. Btw, that's something many major news organizations have done since dumps are reported on/linked all the time. I hope they start arresting reporters, too.
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  • -Jackson
    It's funny how people STILL think that Anonymous is an organization with some kind of centralized governing system.
    For gods sake, it's just a bunch of people around the world. Nothing more.
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  • balev
    I'm not saying that these guys are "good", but it's pretty sad that government bodies around the world do exactly the same thing, yet under a different guise and it's "for the betterment of society".

    At least there's been no report of them stealing money or resources, which is what governments do all the time (one example is the federal reserve banking systems).
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  • anononon
    no good
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  • mightymaxio
    Glad one person from that group got caught, people need to learn not to differentiate between Anonymous and other extremists since that's what they are. Something isn't going their way they change it and force others to believe in their beliefs.
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  • Anonymous
    He never "transferred" a file. He posted a link to the dump in his channel. Btw, that's something many major news organizations have done since dumps are reported on/linked all the time. I hope they start arresting reporters, too.
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