FBI raids homes of Anonymous hackers in New York

By on July 19, 2011, 1:00 PM

The FBI today executed search warrants for computers and computer-related accessories by raiding the homes of three hackers from the infamous hacktivist group Anonymous in New York. More than 10 FBI agents stormed the house of Giordani Jordan in Baldwin, New York and took "at least one laptop from the premises," according to Fox News.

Jordan is suspected to have been behind some of the distributed denial of service (DDoS) orchestrated by Anonymous. The group has had initiatives against Australia, Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, the Church of Scientology, MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, the Swiss bank PostFinance, and HBGary Federal, among others.

Agents are also searching homes in Long Island, New York as well as Brooklyn, New York. The hackers are said to be in their late teens and early 20s. It's currently unclear if the perpetrators were also part of the hacktivist group LulzSec, which claimed responsibility for hacks against Fox.com, PBS, Sony, the US Senate, and the CIA.

Anonymous is largely a politically-motivated organization, while LulzSec is in it for the "lulz." Nevertheless, the two groups have worked together in the past. Last month, Anonymous and LulzSec teamed up and launched Operation Anti-Security. They encouraged supporters to hack into, steal, and publish classified government information from any source while leaving the term "Antisec" as evidence of their intrusion.

The problem with arrests like this one is the same one faced by those fighting piracy. In Greek mythology, the Lernaean Hydra was an ancient nameless serpent-like chthonic water beast that possessed many heads. The poets wrote it had more heads than the vase-painters could paint, and for each head cut off it grew two more.




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yRaz yRaz said:

Hey, Techspot, if you get anymore information from Fox you lose all your credibility. Citing Fox "News" is like citing Wikipedia in your thesis. It'd be interesting to see how this pans out, the article doesn't really say anything other than someone was arrested from anon.

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Uh, it's not just FOX reporting this - it's on every major news source.

"The hackers are said to be in their late teens and early 20s." Boy, that's a real shocker.

Hope this leads to more arrests. These morons believe they are judge, jury and executioner for whomever their little minds see fit.

yRaz yRaz said:

TomSEA said:

Uh, it's not just FOX reporting this - it's on every major news source.

Then there is absolutely NO reason they should cite Fox News. Even if wiki has the same information as a paper encyclopedia, you don't cite Wiki. Makes you wonder, is that where techspot gets their news?

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

(shrugs) It's a news source. I don't understand the angst against TechSpot. Everyone knows that FOX has a conservative leaning, and MSNBC has a liberal leaning when it comes to political stories. But for vanilla stories like this, it doesn't matter one wit where the source is quoted from.

yRaz yRaz said:

TomSEA said:

Everyone knows that FOX has a conservative leaning, and MSNBC has a liberal leaning when it comes to political stories. But for vanilla stories like this, it doesn't matter one wit where the source is quoted from.

So is the the only difference between the two? I'm sure there is an unbiased news source that says the same thing as well. Fox news is owned my Rupert Murdoch, you paying attention what is going on in the "News?" Only reason Fox gets away with saying what it does is that it is considered an opinion show rather than news. Hence the slogan, "We report, you decide."

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Jeezus yRaz...relax, man. You're going to give yourself a coronary.

wcbert said:

Glad to see the FBI taking down the bad guys!

Guest said:

And what the heck is wrong with Wikipedia ? Sure, it's not Phd thesis material, but some people are ungrateful beyond belief. Yes, articles do get taken down once in a while, but in the meantime you've got the world at your fingertips. Or perhaps you'd rather look up stuff in a 20 volume printed encyclopedia ? I know I wouldn't, so speak for yourself.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

yRaz said:

TomSEA said:

Everyone knows that FOX has a conservative leaning, and MSNBC has a liberal leaning when it comes to political stories. But for vanilla stories like this, it doesn't matter one wit where the source is quoted from.

So is the the only difference between the two? I'm sure there is an unbiased news source that says the same thing as well. Fox news is owned my Rupert Murdoch, you paying attention what is going on in the "News?" Only reason Fox gets away with saying what it does is that it is considered an opinion show rather than news. Hence the slogan, "We report, you decide."

Just... just... drop it...

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

yRaz, if your liberal bias is going to force you to denounce Techspot because of one little story, then don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. I'll do my best not to lose any sleep.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

yRaz said:

So is the the only difference between the two? I'm sure there is an unbiased news source that says the same thing as well. Fox news is owned my Rupert Murdoch, you paying attention what is going on in the "News?" Only reason Fox gets away with saying what it does is that it is considered an opinion show rather than news. Hence the slogan, "We report, you decide."

Jeez, someone hack your voice mail or something? =)

MilwaukeeMike said:

yRaz is what you'd call a 'wild-eyed liberal' (we've argued before), one of those people who will politicize everything and make up their mind on whether or not to believe a story based on where it comes from instead of actually reading it and thinking it over.

According to the story on CNET, 14 people were arrested ( [link] ).

As for the Hydra you may beleive they're fightning... you could say the same thing about drug cartels. With the huge difference of these hackers don't make tons of money. I bet if enough of them find the FBI storming through their doors plenty of others will think twice about it.

Mizzou Mizzou said:

As for the Hydra you may beleive they're fightning... you could say the same thing about drug cartels. With the huge difference of these hackers don't make tons of money. I bet if enough of them find the FBI storming through their doors plenty of others will think twice about it.

There's also a good possibility that information could be obtained from the seized computer to help develop new leads for other suspects, at least I hope so.

treetops treetops said:

=I hope this doesn't start a war with anom vs the us government, both the us government and anom could be using there resources for better causes.

TrekExpert TrekExpert said:

Wendig0 said:

yRaz, if your liberal bias is going to force you to denounce Techspot because of one little story, then don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. I'll do my best not to lose any sleep.

I wouldn't call it a liberal bias. Even the most conservative of my friends agree that fox has a strong conservative bias and they don't trust what they see on it without checking another source first. Personally I check many news sources before making an opinion and it is very likely that Techspot does the same so I don't necessarily see a problem with citing it.

foreverzero89 said:

Faux (and every other mainstream media organization) are only propaganda machines now. I never believe anything they tell me unless its confirmed by an independent source. Alex Jones for example.

Guest said:

I think yRaz just want his news source to come from Jon Stewart and The View because that where he feels comfortable to get the facts. So listen up TechSpot editors! =)

Mindwraith said:

"The hackers are said to be in their late teens and early 20s"

LOL everyone was right when they called them a bunch of teenage losers living with their parents xD

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

So basically what you're saying is, "hacktivist", could turn out to mean, "he who picks up the soap".....

matrix86 matrix86 said:

Seriously yRaz, what's going on? I hate Fox News as much as the next guy, but come on. Even if they report this, it's still news. If it wasn't for the cite, you wouldn't have even known it was FN since it didn't put it's strong willed blabbering opinion in there. It was just a simple "FBI raids home of Anon members." This is news no matter where it comes from.

You need to pay attention to your quote "We report, you decide."

"We report": they give you the news

"you decide": they give you their opinions, then ask for yours...god forbid yours goes against theirs, though :P

As far as the story is concerned, the government can't really be happy about this. They've got only a few people out of a group made up of who knows how many people. I just wonder how Anon goes about recruiting people...

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

So basically what you're saying is, "hacktivist", could turn out to mean, "he who picks up the soap".....

Which it turn leads to...

Boy, that's a real shocker

You ain't kidding!

superty12 superty12 said:

And so it begins...

Finally.

Butch said:

Hopefully they will take most of these guys down. I think a couple of years in a federal prison will do them good...

yorro said:

They thought if they quit the FBI would leave them alone.

Guest said:

lolololololol

have fun getting butt raped in prison you freaking losers!! not enough bad things can happen to these 30 year old virgin hackers and software pirates!

w3b0n said:

I still hardly doubt that Anonymous partnered with lulzSec.

Based on the way AnoN operates they clearly attack only the injustice from the government and religions institutions.

There is no partnership with lulzSec you bet on that. I bet this kids were just noobies trying to be someone.

Anyways we know that government is an awesome actor making public enemies to manipulate the truth, and worst of all is that people do fall into it.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I still hardly doubt that Anonymous partnered with lulzSec.

Based on the way AnoN operates they clearly attack only the injustice from the government and religions institutions.

There is no partnership with lulzSec you bet on that. I bet this kids were just noobies trying to be someone.

Anyways we know that government is an awesome actor making public enemies to manipulate the truth, and worst of all is that people do fall into it.

So with all this hero worship, are you going to volunteer to do the time for them?

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

I still hardly doubt that Anonymous partnered with lulzSec.

If those two destroyed infrastructure to the same degree that you have mangled the English language then we would be back in the Paleolithic era.

Based on the way AnoN operates they clearly attack only the injustice from the government and religions institutions.

Which one was PSN...or are Sony running a governmental religeon masquerading as leisure time activities that somehow involved Youtube and teenagers against "cussing"?

I bet this kids were just noobies trying to be someone.

Congratulations are in order if that someone they were trying to be goes by the name Prison B1tch <<<<Achievement Unlocked.

Something tells me they might not be noobies for long

Anyways we know that government is an awesome actor making public enemies to manipulate the truth...

Whereas that just never happens with private sector groups

matrix86 matrix86 said:

dividebyzero said:

Based on the way AnoN operates they clearly attack only the injustice from the government and religions institutions.

Which one was PSN...or are Sony running a governmental religeon masquerading as leisure time activities that somehow involved

I'm going to have to chime in on that last one and say Anon did the Sony hack as a revolt against what they did to GeoHot and for also telling PS3 users what they can and cannot do with a system they bought with their hard earned money. Just keep in mind that Anon wasn't responsible for everything that happened to Sony. All Anon did originally was their DDoS attack, everything after that was someone else. I'm not taking up for Anon, just stating the story.

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

matrix86 said:

dividebyzero said:

Based on the way AnoN operates they clearly attack only the injustice from the government and religions institutions.

Which one was PSN...or are Sony running a governmental religeon masquerading as leisure time activities that somehow involved

I'm going to have to chime in on that last one and say Anon did the Sony hack as a revolt against what they did to GeoHot and for also telling PS3 users what they can and cannot do with a system they bought with their hard earned money. Just keep in mind that Anon wasn't responsible for everything that happened to Sony. All Anon did originally was their DDoS attack, everything after that was someone else. I'm not taking up for Anon, just stating the story.

Chime in all you like...although it would be more appropriate if you didn't miss the original point- which was that w3b0n asserts that Anon attacks ONLY THE INJUSTICE FROM GOVERNMENT AND RELIGIONS [sic] INSTITUTIONS. All in caps - wouldn't want you to miss it a second time. And if you're going to refute an argument/viewpoint it would make for a better statement if you had included the Youtube and anti-profanity group in your argument. Just sayin'.

Staff
Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

yRaz said:

Hey, Techspot, if you get anymore information from Fox you lose all your credibility. Citing Fox "News" is like citing Wikipedia in your thesis.

Hey yRaz, being a polar opposite on "the other side" doesn't make your position any better than Fox "News" itself.

Despite being self-admittedly right-leaning, Fox does deliver SOME news without slant. This is not a political article and thus, there isn't much room for meaningful bias.

Wikipedia is not to be cited because they don't actually produce the information in their articles (eg. no investigation and research is done). Fox "News" does, like it or not.

Staff
Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

I feel like we owe the staff here some apologies too, by the way. I know staff members like Emil, Matthew, Jose etc... do the best they can with the time they are given.

TS is NOT a primary news source! This isn't CNN, people. And the summary writers here aren't exactly journalists.

I'm sure the TS staff gets VERY tired hearing about their 'poor journalism'. TS DOESN'T HAVE REPORTERS. There is no real journalism being done at TS. The news summaries here are for your convenience only it is nothing more than 'best of the web'.

In my opinion though, TS does a fair job of keeping their summaries on middle-ground. Sometimes the articles can be sensationalist, sometimes they can be a little biased but all in all, I'm pleased with the news summaries I read here. If this were Fox or MSNBC or whatever, I would expect more (but unfortunately we don't always get more from those places, do we? )

Guest said:

I Hope they rot in jail...little obnoxious brats. They are terrorists and should be judge accordingly.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

dividebyzero said:

Chime in all you like...although it would be more appropriate if you didn't miss the original point- which was that w3b0n asserts that Anon attacks ONLY THE INJUSTICE FROM GOVERNMENT AND RELIGIONS [sic] INSTITUTIONS. All in caps - wouldn't want you to miss it a second time. And if you're going to refute an argument/viewpoint it would make for a better statement if you had included the Youtube and anti-profanity group in your argument. Just sayin'.

Thing is, I had just assumed you didn't know their reason behind the Sony attack, I had forgotten about w3b0n's reasons and didn't think about the fact that you were just trying punch a whole in his theory. I do apologize about that.

treetops treetops said:

From what I have read over the last year they are not the lolzec that has stolen peoples information and wrecked ps3. Its hard not to be impressed even a little bit by a group that is not motivated by greed. They attacked the oppressive middle eastern governments while there citizens rebelled. They attacked paypal because because it banned wikilinks yet still accepted trades with the klu klux klan among other hateful organizations. Those wikileaks links? Anyways the leaked information was supposedly the reason the people in those middle eastern countries rose up. They finally got to see what there governments true motivation for suppressing knowledge was. Be it banning books, filtering the internet or cutting out scenes from movies. Sure what anom did was illegal, but they certainly had noble intentions which is more then you can say for most influences in the world.

Guest said:

They gonna get their hand slapped...and depending on how good they are may even get hired by the FBI behind closed doors. You ****** out there can't see past the fact that if they didn't create these discruptions that you would still be sittin at home thinking Sony and other Corps really gave a damn about your personal information to spend the extra $$ to protect it? How many other companies out there do you have your SSN, email, passwordd (that you made the same across all your logins), credit card information..stored in and wide open.. because you bought something recently..that hey haven't exposed? Some dude in Kenya or other countries would love to get a hold of this information...and empty your bank account?

robin_bga said:

Hello,

Don't you guys think that "Anonymous" will revenge to that rain on FBI, i know now they could be scared that those guys will mention their names afterall.

Hoping that the FBI thought it through first.

Am sooo scared of HACKERS....

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Hello,

Don't you guys think that "Anonymous" will revenge to that rain on FBI, i know now they could be scared that those guys will mention their names afterall.

Hoping that the FBI thought it through first.

Am sooo scared of HACKERS....

Yeah, they may DDoS the FBI web site or something, but if these guys were actually members of the group, with any real insight, 90% of them are going to fold.

When hard core drug dealers, who grew up on the streets with death around them, fold to avoid going to jail, how are a bunch of teenagers going to keep omerta?

Assuming the FBI's evidence is good, any defense attorney would tell these kids to rat out everyone and anyone they can to avoid seeing jail time. On the internet you can just make up a new user name and restart, life these days doesn't offer you that much leeway. Any decent paying job is going to run a background check on you where that big fat FELONY is going to pop up.

Guest said:

FBI did the arrest but found nothing.....oh yeah , like always !

w3b0n said:

If those two destroyed infrastructure to the same degree that you have mangled the English language then we would be back in the Paleolithic era.

Which one was PSN...or are Sony running a governmental religeon masquerading as leisure time activities that somehow involved Youtube and teenagers against "cussing"?

Congratulations are in order if that someone they were trying to be goes by the name Prison B1tch <<<<Achievement Unlocked.

Something tells me they might not be noobies for long

Whereas that just never happens with private sector groups

lol whats up with the people trying to probe everyone is wrong now days on techspot.

Its just my point of view if you dont like it screw you.. i think school bullies should get their job back and put all these nerdy boys back to earth,

I bet a dollar that every posible attack againts the USA government institutions are inside jobs.

When they announced that every cyber attack or attempt to attack will be treated as a national offense lulsec appears out of nowhere with childish attacks that probes nothing more than the technology has security holes (omg no one knew that) and pushes ANON to become a NATIONAL TERRORIST GROUP.

This is the ultimate excuse to really push governments to take control of the internet activities for possible "terrorist attacks" and they will get inside your computer 24/7 pretending they are watching for piracy (hint hint anyone?). None of them will be truth, the only truth is just to keep you watched all day long.

GG tontos.

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