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The FBI’s war on Anonymous

FBI logoThe FBI announced yesterday “additional attempted computer hacking charges and 18 counts of cyberstalking” for Fidel Salinas. That now brings the total charges to 44 – each of which carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. This alleged hacker is now facing 440 years in prison.

According to the allegations, between December 23-29, 2011, Salinas had the intent to harass and intimidate a female victim. Allegedly, he repeatedly e-mailed her, attempted to gain unauthorized access to her website, made submissions through a contact form on that site, and tried to open user accounts without her consent.
Alleged ‘Anonymous’ Computer Hacker Charged with 18 Counts of Cyberstalking

440 years? Really?

anonymous logoThe clue, perhaps, lies in the title of the announcement: “alleged ‘Anonymous’ hacker…”.

It is not illegal to be a member of Anonymous – so why describe him that way? Why not simply say, “Fidel Salinas Charged with 18 Counts of Cyberstalking”?

The FBI announcement goes on to say,

Salinas allegedly participated in an online chat room for the Operation Anti-Security faction of Anonymous and attempted to enter the IRC Operations server for Anonymous. According to the charges, after his alleged attempt to hack his way into the Hidalgo County web server, he posted a profanity-laced rant on his Facebook page that ended with a quote used by Anonymous members: “We do not forgive, we do not forget, divide by zero we fall, expect us.”

Again, I’m not sure what is illegal here, apart from the attempted (alleged) hack “into the Hidalgo County web server”. It is possible that he posted something illegal in the ‘profanity-laced rant’ (if, for example, it falls foul of ‘hate’ laws); but profanity itself and the freedom to say ‘We do not forgive, we do not forget, divide by zero we fall, expect us’ is, I believe, protected by the US constitution and therefore perfectly legal.

Well that's another few zeros on the budget...

Well that’s another few zeros on the budget…

So why bring it up?

There can be only one reason. The FBI is continuing with its nuclear option against hackers in general and Anonymous in particular. This is a terror campaign designed to terrify existing and potential hackers, and turn public opinion against Anonymous.

Now don’t get me wrong. I do not condone hacking in any way whatsoever – except of course when conducted by the FBI, NSA and/or GCHQ in pursuit of our national interests; in which case it is perfectly legal, laudable and a Good Thing. Obviously.

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  1. Tony
    May 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    The anonymous hacker group is always getting in trouble and some of the members have already been arrested. If you can’t stay out of jail then what good are you? The only thing they are really good at is posting Youtube propaganda videos of them hacking social groups. If they ever came to my town, we would deal with them very quickly. Not to mention, we have more intelligence as far as security measures to keep kids like them out of our system. The bottom line here is that Anonymous are just a bunch of amateurs that talk big.

    [WARNING: I removed the associated URL with this post — a US Sheriff’s office — because I don’t think its genuine. For one, why would TonyC use a webmail account if he is associated with the Sheriff’s office? The content of the comment is clearly provocative. I may be wrong — and if so I apologize to TonyC — but this seems too much like an attempt to manipulate Anonymous into attacking a particular Sheriff’s office. Whether that is simply because the poster has a grudge against the sheriff, or as a trap, or as a propaganda move against Anonymous I have no idea. Either way, I trust Anonymous will not rise to the bait. Kevin Townsend]

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  2. May 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Anonymous uses red and black in its logo. The Polish Antifa doesn’t use a red flag. After death, God does not forgive, God does not forget. Expect Him.

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