Indicted Anonymous members don't all fit the hacker profile

By on October 9, 2013, 11:30 AM
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The FBI indicted a number of Anonymous members last week and as it turns out, not all of them fit the underground hacker stereotype. In total, the 28-page indictment alleged that 13 people were responsible for helping Anonymous take down or disrupt service at multiple websites including Bank of America, MasterCard and numerous antipiracy groups.

The Verge has learned the identity of some of the defendants which include 28-year-old IT professional Phillip Simpson, Anthony Tadros who is a student at the University of Connecticut and 65-year-old Geoffrey Commander. But perhaps most interesting of them all is 27-year-old Ryan Gubele who just recently started working as a site reliability engineer for Twitter and once was a contract employee for Amazon.

Prosecutors allege Gubele was responsible for tracking the effectiveness of Anonymous attacks on the Motion Picture Association of America which is a trade group for Hollywood movie studios. They also believe he is responsible for accessing computer systems of a least one target during the group’s campaign.

Operating Payback, which lasted from September 2010 through January 2011, was a series of coordinated attacks aimed at companies that either refused to process donations made to WikiLeaks or those that supported antipiracy efforts.

With the dismantling of Anonymous and the takedown of the Silk Road, the US government has had quite a bit of success lately in dealing with those conducting illegal activity online. Given the incredible scope of the NSA’s ability to tap into virtually everything done online, users would be well advised to avoid copycat behavior in the future.




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TheDreams TheDreams said:

With everyone being caught these days, I bet other online illegals are tripping balls scared about now.

3 people like this | davislane1 davislane1 said:

With everyone being caught these days, I bet other online illegals are tripping balls scared about now.

Or hastily embarking on political careers.

1 person liked this | TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

That 65 year old dude most definitely doesn't fit the profile. But seriously - his name is Geoffrey "Commander??"

2 people like this | gamoniac said:

Prosecutors allege Gubele was responsible for tracking the effectiveness of Anonymous attacks...

That is a total abuse of trust, putting the career of the person who hired him at risk. Not cool.

1 person liked this | amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

With everyone being caught these days, I bet other online illegals are tripping balls scared about now.

Yes they have caught so many and other's are running scared. :rolleyes

They haven't caught $hit.

Uncaught hackers FAR outweight caught ones.

H3llion H3llion, TechSpot Paladin, said:

They catch the ones that don't watch out for their footprints. The hackers that actually know what they are doing usually don't get caught.

adamrussell adamrussell said:

I think that the claim that Anonymous has been dismantled may be exaggerated.

Shadow_McFord Shadow_McFord said:

The article is right. It's really not that hard to obtain vpn logs, and NSA has virtually unlimited illegal power to do whatever the f they want so far.

Guest said:

Given the incredible scope of the NSA's ability to tap into virtually everything done online, users would be well advised to avoid copycat behavior in the future.

"War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength."

€* George Orwell, 1984

Guest said:

I love these idealistic quotes anon and anon-fans post.

Hakerx1 Hakerx1 said:

Anonymous now live in shadows but anyone can be become Anonymous because it's snake without head by thinking you took down everybody,you are mistaking they will return far more glorious then before .

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Anonymous now live in shadows but anyone can be become Anonymous because it's snake without head by thinking you took down everybody,you are mistaking they will return far more glorious then before .

To assign glory to a group of faceless programmers who specialize in DDoS attacks does more to demonstrate perfect anonymity than an off-the-books government spook program.

Guest said:

This is funny. This is the beginning of a snowball and is literally the opposite of a dismantling of anonymous. Your recomendation at avoiding copycat behavior and about the reach of the NSA may be wise but will be largely ignored. 13 out of ....... oh and they found a website selling illegal goods and services. They are so effective at what they do! They have found grounds two charge people in two cases, surely no other illegal activity is going on now that they've done this! Enjoy all the things that come out have been happening for much longer than these two incidents that come out over the next few years. I'm sure it won't equiv late to 25% of what the internet has to offer.

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