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Re: [CT] Fwd: [OS] US/CT-16 Suspected 'Anonymous' Hackers Arrested in Nationwide Sweep

Released on 2012-02-28 19:00 GMT

Email-ID 1553143
Date 2011-07-20 04:47:57
These assholes should get the death sentence, along with their hero Julian =

---- Original Message -----
From: Reginald Thompson <>
To: CT AOR <>
Sent: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 18:48:06 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: [CT] Fwd: [OS] US/CT-16 Suspected 'Anonymous' Hackers Arrested in =
Nationwide Sweep
16 Suspected 'Anonymous' Hackers Arrested in Nationwide Sweep=20
Sixteen suspected members of "Anonymous" were arrested this morning in stat=
es across the country, from California to New York, in a federal raid on th=
e notorious hacking group.=20
The arrests Tuesday, first reported by, are part of an ongoing =
investigation into Anonymous, which has claimed responsibility for numerous=
cyberattacks against a variety of websites, including Visa and Mastercard.=
The Department of Justice, in announcing the arrests and more than 35 searc=
h warrants in the case, said the case stemmed from an alleged cybertattack =
on the website PayPal over its action against controversial group WikiLeaks=
, one of the inspirations for the hacker group Anonymous.=20
Fourteen of the arrests were identified in the same indictment out of Calif=
ornia, while two separate criminal complaints filed out of courts in Newark=
, N.J., and Tampa, Fla., name the two other alleged hackers. All are believ=
ed to have been involved in carrying out nationwide coordinated distributed=
denial of service (DDoS) attacks on multiple high-profile, billion-dollar =
"In retribution for PayPal=E2=80=99s termination of WikiLeaks=E2=80=99 dona=
tion account, a group calling itself Anonymous coordinated and executed dis=
tributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against PayPal=E2=80=99s computer=
servers using an open source computer program the group makes available fo=
r free download on the Internet," the Justice Department said in a news rel=
The department identified the suspects in the California indictment as Chri=
stopher Wayne Cooper, 23, aka =E2=80=9CAnthrophobic;=E2=80=9D Joshua John C=
ovelli, 26, aka =E2=80=9CAbsolem=E2=80=9D and =E2=80=9CToxic;=E2=80=9D Keit=
h Wilson Downey, 26; Mercedes Renee Haefer, 20, aka =E2=80=9CNo=E2=80=9D an=
d =E2=80=9CMMMM;=E2=80=9D Donald Husband, 29, aka =E2=80=9CAnanon;=E2=80=9D=
Vincent Charles Kershaw, 27, aka =E2=80=9CTrivette,=E2=80=9D =E2=80=9CTriv=
=E2=80=9D and =E2=80=9CReaper;=E2=80=9D Ethan Miles, 33; James C. Murphy, 3=
6; Drew Alan Phillips, 26, aka =E2=80=9CDrew010;=E2=80=9D Jeffrey Puglisi, =
28, aka =E2=80=9CJeffer,=E2=80=9D =E2=80=9CJefferp=E2=80=9D and =E2=80=9CJi=
;=E2=80=9D Daniel Sullivan, 22; Tracy Ann Valenzuela, 42; and Christopher Q=
uang Vo, 22. One individual=E2=80=99s name has been withheld by the court.=
They are charged with various counts of conspiracy and intentional damage t=
o a protected computer, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in pri=
son and a fine of up to $250,000. Each count of conspiracy carries a maximu=
m penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.=20
Also Tuesday, Scott Matthew Arciszewski, 21, was arrested in Florida on cha=
rges of intentional damage to a protected computer for allegedly accessing =
without authorization the Tampa Bay InfraGard website and uploaded three fi=
And Lance Moore, 21, of Las Cruces, N.M., was arrested on the New Jersey in=
dictment, which accuses him of stealing confidential business information s=
tored on AT&T=E2=80=99s servers and posting it on a file-sharing site. He i=
s charged with one count of accessing a protected computer without authoriz=
Some of the arrests were out of the San Francisco field office, sources sai=
d. Earlier in the day, the FBI executed search warrants at the New York hom=
es -- two in Long Island, N.Y., and one in Brooklyn, N.Y. -- of three suspe=
cted members of Anonymous, reported.=20
More than 10 FBI agents arrived at the Baldwin, N.Y., home of Giordani Jord=
an with a search warrant for computers and computer-related accessories, re=
moving at least one laptop from the premises.=20
The Anonymous group is a loose collection of cybersavvy activists inspired =
by WikiLeaks and its flamboyant head Julian Assange to fight for "Internet =
freedom" -- along the way defacing websites, shutting down servers, and scr=
awling messages across screens web-wide.=20
The Anonymous vigilante group recently turned its efforts to the Arizona po=
lice department, posting personal information of law officers and hacking a=
nd defacing websites in response, the group claims, to the state's controve=
rsial SB1070 immigration law.=20
While Anonymous is largely a politically motivated organization, splinter g=
roup LulzSec -- which dominated headlines in the spring for a similar strea=
k of cyberattacks -- was largely in it for the thrills.=20
The metropolitan police in London arrested the first alleged member of the =
LulzSec group on June 20, a 19-year-old teen named Ryan Cleary. Subsequent =
sweeps through Italy and Switzerland in early July led to the arrests of 15=
more people -- all between the ages of 15 and 28 years old.=20
The two groups are responsible for a broad spate of digital break-ins targe=
ting governments and large corporations, including Japanese technology gian=
t Sony, the U.S. Senate, telecommunications giant AT&T,, and other =
government and private entities.=20
Read more:
Reginald Thompson=20
Cell: (011) 504 8990-7741=20