Labor Day Reading: The New Yorker on Anonymous, LulzSec and H.B. Gary

By: Monday September 1, 2014 7:58 am

I started to skim the latest cover story from the New Yorker and couldn’t stop reading it. It’s a long but fascinating chronicle of the history of Anonymous, and particularly of Christopher Doyen, a.k.a. “Commander X,” one of the early participants in Anonymous and the Peoples Liberation Front. Aron Barr of H.B. Gary was attempting [...]

 

Journalist Barrett Brown Agrees to Plea Deal Which Includes New Charge Stemming from Stratfor Hack

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 2:56 pm

There has been no acknowledgment by his attorney who is under a gag order but journalist and writer Barrett Brown, who has been jailed for over a year and a half, has reportedly agreed to the terms of a plea deal.

The Internet’s Own Boy: Remembering Aaron Swartz (#SXSW)

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 3:17 pm

At the beginning of 2013, the Internet lost one of its most radical, most pioneering minds when Aaron Swartz took his own life. In just 26 years, Swartz pioneered technologies like RSS syndication and the Creative Commons (both of which are in daily use here at Firedoglake), was a founder at Reddit, and led a successful fight against the destructive proposed Internet legislation SOPA. The Internet’s Own Boy, the new documentary from Brian Knappenberger (We Are Legion), is the story of his life and death.

Barrett Brown’s Case Could Destroy Online Journalism

By: Friday February 28, 2014 9:35 am

It seems the more the public learns about the Barrett Brown case the more confusion and anger there is at the misuse of the justice system. Which is likely why prosecutors successfully sought a gag order against Brown – the more people learn the less they support the government’s case.

Manhunting Timeline’ Further Suggests US Pressured Countries to Prosecute WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 9:04 am

An entry in something the government calls a “Manhunting Timeline” suggests that the United States pressured officials of countries around the world to prosecute WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, in 2010.

Anonymous Shuts Down Dolphin Killer Website, Obsessed Alyssa Milano Graphically Loves Anonymous

By: Wednesday January 22, 2014 4:40 pm

Anonymous temporarily shut down the government website for Wakayama Prefecture, where the dolphin slaughter-ground Taiji Cove is located. Taiji Cove and the dolphin slaughter was profiled in the Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove, (director Louie Psihoyos was guest on FDL Movie Night). The site was offline for about 20 minutes.

#MillionMaskMarch: Epic, Global — But Where Were the News Networks?

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 8:35 am

On November 5, 2013 tens of thousands of protestors marched in 477 locations around the globe. There were masks, chants, goofy signs, sincere view points, arrests, beatings, police opening up with non-lethal projectiles on protestors, flag burnings. There was lots of print/online coverage, but where were CNN, MSNBC and Fox News? And why weren’t they giving this global event any play?

Remember, Remember the 5th of November: Anonymous Gets Things Done

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 6:53 pm

When Anonymous erupted on the streets some five and half years ago to protest Scientology, their branding is what caught everyone’s eyes: The majority of protestors wore the Guy Fawkes mask from the movie V for Vendetta, in part because of the movie’s message and in part from EFG, Epic Fail Guy, a meme on 4Chan, the board where members can post images anonymously.

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 13 Members of Anonymous for Allegedly Engaging in ‘Worldwide Conspiracy’

By: Friday October 4, 2013 6:35 am

A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia has indicted thirteen members of the hacktivist group, Anonymous, for their alleged participation in a “worldwide conspiracy” that involved “cyber attacks,” including “attacks” on companies that would not process donation to the media organization, WikiLeaks.

The indictment charges them with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by “knowingly” causing the “transmission of a program, information, code or command and, as a result of such conduct, intentionally” causing “damage without authorization, to a protected computer.”

Judge’s Gag Order Cuts Off Press From Receiving Reports on Barrett Brown’s Case

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 5:15 pm

A district court judge in Dallas, Texas, has issued an order prohibiting journalist and activist Barrett Brown and his defense team from discussing the case with the media.

Brown faces multiple charges including one count of internet threats, one count of conspiracy to make publicly available restricted personal information of an employee of the United States, one count of retaliation against a federal law enforcement officer, one count of traffic in stolen authentication features, one count of access device fraud, ten counts of aiding and abetting identity theft, one count of concealment of evidence and one count of corruptly concealing evidence. Altogether, Brown could be sentenced to up to 105 years in jail if convicted of all the above offenses.

The offenses stem conduct that Brown allegedly engaged in after the private intelligence firm, Stratfor, had its emails hacked.

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