Skip to comments.Protest Warrior Hacker Caught
Posted on 07/05/2005 8:27:56 AM PDT by mnehring
In January 2005, Jeremy Hammond and the hacker group collectively known as the "Internet Liberation Front" gained illegal access to the ProtestWarrior server. Thousands of customer credit card numbers were then stolen for the purpose of making millions of dollars in donations to various leftwing organizations. In early February, ProtestWarrior discovered the illegal breach and the identity of the criminals responsible.
Using the hacker recruiting ground www.hackthissite.org, Jeremy Hammond put together and led a team of politically motivated "hacktivists" to probe the ProtestWarrior server for months until an exploit was found. When an obscure vulnerability was discovered in the PW server's newsletter subscription code, they managed to upload malicious files that gave them the ability to execute commands on the server.
Upon discovering the hack, we immediately began collecting information on the breach and managed to penetrate Jeremy's inner circle. We then collected evidence that more than 5,000 credit card numbers had been stolen by Jeremy and the "Internet Liberation Front" and that they were planning on doing the following:
*charge hundreds of dollars per stolen credit card number as donations to various left-wing organizations by using an automated donation submission script
*send the entire ProtestWarrior HQ database (complete with usernames, passwords, and operation details) to left-wing groups hostile to ProtestWarrior (including the entire contents of our mail server)
*upload all credit card numbers and other sensitive customer information to hundreds of anarchist and left-wing sites (specifically Indymedia) as a downloadable zip file
*anonymously send press releases and material to thousands of media contacts to boast of the malicious hack and the millions of dollars defrauded, and to publish any and all sensitive information regarding the ProtestWarrior organization
*erase the entire PW server
*launch simultaneous attacks on other conservative sites
Upon discovering their plans, we contacted the FBI and the Secret Service, who immediately began investigating the case. We were able to provide them with a tremendous amount of evidence regarding the breach, the criminals responsible, and their plans to commit massive credit card fraud. We also reported the incident to all credit card companies involved to make sure that ProtestWarrior's customers were protected. With our help, the FBI was able to thwart Jeremy and his army of "hacktivists".
After contacting the FBI, we immediately hired a security consultant and removed all sensitive information from the server. We eventually moved the server to a new box, where we blocked off the system and data files from the web server and changed the online store software to a super- secure system that stores zero sensitive customer information. In addition, we hired an internet security firm to run a series of vigorous vulnerability tests on our server, which our server all passed.
The reason we haven't made this announcement earlier is that our customers were already protected and we didn't want to jeopardize the ongoing FBI investigation of Jeremy and his "hacktivist" army.
The reason we're posting this now is that Jeremy, in a desperate move, is publicly appealing to the internet community regarding his pending FBI investigation. Using his site www.freejeremy. com, he is trying to solicit donations for his defense fund and generate public sympathy while spreading slanderous disinformation regarding ProtestWarrior and the events leading up to the FBI investigation.
We will soon be releasing much more information and details regarding the incident and the ongoing FBI investigation. Rest assured, justice will be served.
-Kfir and Alan www.protestwarrior.com
Here's what the member of Future Jailbirds of America has on his site:
Internet terrorism plain and simple.
Let's see if this works...at least you can see the text this way.
Freedom and Justice for Political Hacktivists in an age of FBI Intimidation
Hacker Activist Jeremy Hammond Raided by Chicago FBI and Threatened with False Felony Charges
Read the press release
On March 17 2005, nine Chicago FBI agents raided and seized all electronic equipment in Jeremy Hammond's apartment. Facing intimidation from both the FBI and the Secret Service, he is being accused of hacking into right-wing website ProtestWarrior.com. While the website had not been damaged and no credit cards were billed, the FBI is threatening to charge him with unauthorized access and credit card fraud totalling to millions of dollars in damages and up to thirty years in federal prison for a crime that hasn't even happened.
Jeremy has done no damage to any system and has not charged anything to any credit card numbers. He is being targetted by law enforcement for his political activism and his involvement in running the hacking website HackThisSite.org. If the FBI indicts Jeremy, he faces federal prison and tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. Support is desperately needed to fight this FBI indimidation and these ridiculous charges!
Contact the legal support team at FreeJeremyNow@gmail.com
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
"They can kill the revolutionary but they cannot kill the revolution."
Facing intimidation from both the FBI and the Secret Service, he is being accused of hacking into right-wing website ProtestWarrior.com. While the website had not been damaged and no credit cards were billed, the FBI is threatening to charge him with unauthorized access and credit card fraud totalling to millions of dollars in damages and up to thirty years in federal prison for a crime that hasn't even happened.
Jeremy's defense lawyer obviously didn't write this. At least I hope he didn't.
LOL - his links page is a list of who's who of um, waste of human skin??
There are dozens of websites that provide good information on federal law as well as jail support.
HackThisSite.org: One of the projects Jeremy had founded; provides information on network security as well as a way of getting involved with the hacking community.
Chicago Indymedia: Independent media project run by local Chicago activists. Jeremy had participated in and has many friends at CHI IMC.
Chicago 2600: The local hacker group that Jeremy had participated in.
Electronic Freedom Frontier
"Defending Freedom in the Internet World". Source for getting informed and acting up about how to defend civil liberties on the internet.
Midwest Books to Prisoners: A Chicago-based collective that provides reading materials to political prisoners.
Chicago Anarchist Black Cross: Provides jail support for political prisoners.
Midwest Unrest: Chicago based anarchist collective.
Other useful links:
Earth liberation Prisoners
Anarchist Black Cross
Anarchist Black Cross Federation
Books not Bars
Prison Book Program
Anarchists in NYC
Federation of Revolutionary Anarchist Collectives
North Eastern Federation of Anarchist Communists
A-infos news service
"They can kill the revolutionary but they cannot kill the revolution."
> He is likely to discover that the law doesn't work that way.
"The woman stopped me with a stun gun before I could rape and rob her, your Honor, so not only should I get to walk, but she should be sent to prison for assault."
With luck, that line of arguement *still* doesn't work.
"They're coming to take me away, ho, ho, hee, hee. They're coming to take me away..."
Conspiracy to commit a crime is a criminal offense itself. Just having the credit card info in his possession is sufficient to get him sent to the slammer.
Jeremy seems to think that it's OK to steal as long as you haven't used the stolen property before you get caught.
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and more Jail
Why do I get the feeling that the prosecuting attorney in this case is smiling from ear to ear as he archives this idiot's website!
Sort of like robbing a bank and then having the crook claim he never even spent a dime from the heist!
It's like saying "sure I pulled the trigger but it was the bullet that did the killing."
I also like how liberals so often try to attack and suppress conservative free speech.
Gee, I thought they were all about freedom.
BUMP ...fry the B@stard
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