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Anonymous indictments

Anonymous indictments

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Anonymous indictments
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Published by: Brian Haddock on Mar 06, 2012
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UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTSOUTHERNDISTRICTOFNEWYORK
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UNITEDSTATESOFAMERICA
SEALEDINDICTMENT
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COUNTONE(CONSPIRACYTOCOMMITCOMPUTERHACKING-INTERNETFEDS)
TheGrandJurycharges:BACKGROUNDONANONYMOUSANDINTERNETFEDS1.Sinceatleastinorabout
2008
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upthroughandincludingonoraboutthedateofthisIndictmentr"Anonymous
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hasbeenalooseconfederationofcomputerhackersandotherssharingramongotherthingsrcommoninterestsrcommonslogansrandcommonidentifyingsymbols.DuringthattimeperiodrcertainmembersofAnonymoushavewagedadeliberatecampaignofonlinedestructionrintimidationrandcriminalitYraspartofwhichtheyhavecarriedoutcyberattacksagainstbusinessesand
 
governmententitiesintheUnitedStatesandthroughouttheworld.2.BetweeninoraboutDecember2010andinoraboutMay2011,onegroupofindividualsaffiliatedwithAnonymouswhoengagedinsuchcriminalconductwascomposedofelitecomputerhackerswhocollectivelyreferredtothemselvesas"InternetFeds."AtvarioustimesrelevanttothisIndictment,membersofInternetFedscarriedoutaseriesofcyberattacksagainstthewebsitesandcomputersystemsofcertainbusinessandgovernmententitiesintheUnitedStatesandaroundtheworld,including,amongothers,thefollowingbusinessesandorganizations:a.FineGqel,apoliticalpartyinIreland,whichmaintainedthewebsite"www.finegae12011.comi"b.HBGary,Inc.anditsaffiliate,HBGaryFederal,LLC(collectivelyreferredtohereinas"HBGary"),computersecurityfirmsbasedintheUnitedStateswhichprovidedcomputersecuritysoftwareandservices,amongotherthings,totheirclients,andwhichmaintainedthewebsite"www.HBGaryFederal.comi"andc.FoxBroadcastingCompany("Fox"),acommercialbroadcasttelevisionnetworkintheUnitedStates,whichmaintainedthewebsite"www.fox.com."3.Thesecyberattacksinvolved,amongotherthings:(1)breakingintocomputersystems,deletingdata,andstealing
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confidentialinformation,includingencryptedandunencrypted.sensitivepersonalinformationforthousandsofindividualvictims;(2)de-encryptingconfidentialinformationstolenfromvictims'computersystems,includingencryptedpasswords;(3)publiclydisclosingthatstolenconfidentialinformationontheInternetbydumpingitoncertainwebsites;(4)hijackingvictims'emailandTwitteraccounts;(5)defacingvictims'Internetwebsites;and/or(6)"doxing,"thatis,publiclydisclosingonlineavictim'spersonalidentifyinginformation,suchasthevictim'sname,address,SocialSecuritynumber,emailaccount,andtelephonenumber,withtheobjectof,amongotherthings,intimidatingthevictimandsubjectingthevictimtoharassment.4.AtvarioustimesrelevanttothisIndictment,andaspartofAnonymous,membersofInternetFedssoughttopublicizetheirInternetassaultsandintimidatetheirvictimsby,amongotherthings:(1)postingmessagesonlineinwhichtheydiscussedtheirattacksandthreatenedadditionalattacks;(2)usingparticularlogosandsloganswhen,forexample,theypostedmessagesonlineanddefacedwebsites;and(3)discussingtheirattackswithmembersofthepress.5.AtvarioustimesrelevanttothisIndictment,andmuchlikeothermembersofAnonymous,membersofInternetFeds,despitetheireffortstopublicizetheirillegalconduct,
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