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Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the I-feel-safer-already dept.

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kaptink writes "The self proclaimed hacker that waged a DDoS attack on Wikileaks has been arrested and has had all his equipment seized. What is interesting is that local police conducted the raid and not a federal authority such as the FBI. The Jester (th3j35t3r) who has a reputation for attacking websites he disagrees with is said to be trying to raise $10,000 in expected lawyers fees. If anyone is going to be alight in the whole Wikileaks debacle, its going to be the lawyers. Personally I think anyone who spells their nick with numbers in an effort to look 'leet' deserves to have their computer confiscated."

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Summary Fail (5, Informative)

intellitech (1912116) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409756)

Try as I might, I see ZERO MENTION of the jester being arrested in the linked article. Here's the real article, pulled from the original submission:

http://www.thinq.co.uk/2010/12/1/wikileaks-hacker-raided-cops/ [thinq.co.uk]

Interestingly enough, thinq.co.uk seems to be one of only a few, if more than one, reporting on the subject. A few quick google searches turned up nothing regarding his arrest..

Re:Summary Fail (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34409874)

Not only that, but other sites reporting on the subject are already retracting:

UPDATES: Reports of the raid and confiscation of equipment are most likely a hoax or an elaborate social engineering scheme to capitalize on current news events.

Details are still few, and sympathizers should exercise caution before donating funds allegedly for "attorney fees". The original text requesting donations, as quoted below, and the corresponding link have been deleted from the "new" site.

https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/9916-Hacker-The-Jester-Reports-Raid-By-Law-Enforcement.html [infosecisland.com]

Re:Summary Fail (1)

electron sponge (1758814) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409990)

I sense a hoax.

Re:Summary Fail (2)

intellitech (1912116) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410084)

I think the lack of official executive branch announcement of the arrest is further evidence of this.

Re:Summary Fail (1)

NiceGeek (126629) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410210)

Why would the executive branch comment on the arrest of a bush-league hacker?

Re:Summary Fail (1)

intellitech (1912116) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410386)

The executive branch extends to the various law enforcement departments..

Re:Summary Fail (3, Interesting)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410040)

Someone on here earlier was saying that the Jester doesn't have the smarts or the technology to pull off something like the DDoS thats been happening to Wikileaks - and if that's true I wouldn't be surprised if this is just some fabricated story to pump up Jester's "cred" as a "leet hacker".

Re:Summary Fail (2)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410100)

He is, however, dumb enough to use Twitter to brag about his sploits, which makes locating and arresting him about as hard for a cop as scratching his own nuts.

Re:Summary Fail (5, Funny)

blind monkey 3 (773904) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410292)

which makes locating and arresting him about as hard for a cop as scratching his own nuts.
Hey, you try scratching your nuts when you have a donut in one hand and a coffee in the other... you get some strange looks if you start scratching against furniture.

Re:Summary Fail (1)

intellitech (1912116) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410118)

Or he's just the fall guy for an elaborate government conspiracy to bring down WikiLeaks covertly.

Re:Summary Fail (5, Insightful)

NiceGeek (126629) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410272)

The nice thing about conspiracies is that they can be blamed for everything.

Re:Summary Fail (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410320)

Then why stop him now?

Re:Summary Fail (4, Funny)

NiceGeek (126629) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410254)

"Someone on here earlier was saying that the Jester doesn't have the smarts or the technology to pull off something like the DDoS "

and if someone says something on Slashdot, it must be true!

Re:Summary Fail (4, Informative)

Celestialwolf (1656075) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410260)

Try as I might, I see ZERO MENTION of the jester being arrested in the linked article. Here's the real article, pulled from the original submission:

http://www.thinq.co.uk/2010/12/1/wikileaks-hacker-raided-cops/ [thinq.co.uk]

Interestingly enough, thinq.co.uk seems to be one of only a few, if more than one, reporting on the subject. A few quick google searches turned up nothing regarding his arrest..

Reply posted on the link you provided above: "UPDATES: Reports of the raid and confiscation of equipment are most likely a hoax or an elaborate social engineering scheme to capitalize on current news events: https://www.infosecisland.com/blogview/9916-Hacker-The-Jester-Reports-Raid-By-Law-Enforcement.html [infosecisland.com] "

Re:Sh (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410322)

SLASHDOT shame on you... in your rush to try to "scoop" everyone else you posted what is more than likely a hoax storey.

Be careful everyone before you help to "donate" $10,000 to his attorney fees. This is more than likely a scam. There is no confirmation from ANY reputable site, news or otherwise, that police actually kicked his door in today and confiscated anything.

Of course Slashdot won't post this comment because ...

1) It's a little critical of them and...

2) It's from "anonymouse"

4n0nym0u5 (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34409760)

Personally I think anyone who spells their nick with numbers in an effort to look 'leet' deserves to have their computer confiscated." Have to say, I do agree here.

Re:4n0nym0u5 (2)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410066)

m0nk33dud3 concurs.

lol (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34409764)

what a fucking moron

Computer expert? (0)

clone52431 (1805862) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409780)

A self-proclaimed "hacktivist" said Tuesday he's the computer expert who knocked rogue Web site WikiLeaks offline for several hours through a distributed denial of service attack.

It doesn’t take a computer expert. It just takes a botnet.

And personally, I think anyone who spells their nick with numbers in an effort to look “leet” automatically loses the ability to be called a “computer expert”.

Re:Computer expert? (4, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409834)

Watch it with the comments about having numbers in your nick, dude. We're both on very thin ice here.

Re:Computer expert? (0)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409882)

That's weird... my last two comments have been modded but I only see the score (Score: 3) instead of the score+mod (Score: 3, Funny).

Re:Computer expert? (1)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409966)

That happens if it was modded "under-rated"

If someone mods it "Troll", and 4 people mod it "under-rated", you could end up with "Score: 5, Troll")

Re:Computer expert? (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410002)

If you look at his mod though, it's marked funny and has +1 karma (for 3 points with my preferences) and it does not show "Funny"

Re:Computer expert? (2, Interesting)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410000)

That's weird... my last two comments have been modded but I only see the score (Score: 3) instead of the score+mod (Score: 3, Funny).

When someone uses the "underrated" mod, it simply pushes it up a notch without changing the previous tag. On the other hand, you can be modded "overrated" which will simply push your point down without touching the tag attached.

There have been some rather funny cases where a mod has been +5 Troll and similar mods. Well, at least they give me a giggle :)

Re:Computer expert? (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410044)

That's fine and all, but it should show (Score:3 Funny) on his because there IS a funny mod. It's not simply an Underrated mod.

Re:Computer expert? (1)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410228)

There have been some rather funny cases where a mod has been +5 Troll and similar mods. Well, at least they give me a giggle :)

I don't see anything contradictory about that-- ia post can be a troll, but a very very good one.

Re:Computer expert? (1)

eln (21727) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410324)

Seems to be something funky going on with Slashdot's mod system today. I had mod points earlier today and when I moderated comments, it would increment the total score, but wouldn't show the moderation I gave it, even though it had always done so in the past. Probably the Slashdot admins running test code on the production server again.

Re:Computer expert? (4, Insightful)

clone52431 (1805862) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409884)

Well, I’m not doing it to appear leet.

I’m actually doing it in a small sort of protest to the fact that it’s virtually impossible to get a descriptive username (on AIM, originally) without having a number tacked on the end. So I made the username as non-descriptive as possible and made the number extra big.

But I somewhat doubt anyone cares.

Re:Computer expert? (5, Funny)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410088)

Let me allay any doubts.

Besides all you need to get a name without numbers is be good at mispelling things.

Re:Computer expert? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410120)

Well, I don't care, but I do look forward to harassing you on AIM now that you've decided to share your screen name....

Re:Computer expert? (1)

clone52431 (1805862) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410190)

Good luck with that.

Re:Computer expert? (1)

Binestar (28861) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410280)

lrn2bbornsooner. It's your own fault it took you this long to join the Internet. Now get off my lawn y0un6k1d154 before I get my belt out! I have a 5 digit UID and a 6 digit ICQ number, and 3 AIM names without any numbers in them!

Re:Computer expert? (1)

cryoman23 (1646557) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409930)

well as far as having numbers.... im on slieghtly thicker ice (having only2) but thats a far cry from the name being mainly numbers and substituting letters for numbers, having numbers at the end i have no problem with, it helps to seperate those who have the same first part(now or future), also adds unique identifier to the name

Re:Computer expert? (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410144)

It's not the format, it's the effort.

My nick was auto-generated by a failover in an account-request form (mumble) years ago, so there's no effort involved here. Not that any is needed.

Re:Computer expert? (1)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409918)

I think anyone who spells their nick with numbers in an effort to look “leet” automatically loses the ability to be called a “computer expert”.

No, but it does make him eminently qualified to call himself one.

firsty posty (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34409782)

Well, prolly not, but even I am not immune from the desire to occasionally make a fool of myself.

No surprises (4, Interesting)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409784)

I won't say which, but that guy (or at least someone using that handle) would occasionally drop into an IRC channel that I frequent, trying to recruit us. When news of the leak first broke, I wondered if he was going to try to DOS wikileaks (something he had spoken about doing in the past), and then, there was a DDOS. Now he's been arrested for it, and I cannot say that I am surprised.

Now I just have to wonder if he'll receive a pardon of some kind.

Re:No surprises (1)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410024)

Now I just have to wonder if he'll receive a pardon of some kind.

Or a job.

Re:No surprises (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410114)

Now I just have to wonder if he'll receive a pardon of some kind.

Or a job.

Why? If he got caught this easily, he cannot be very good. Then again, he can use a computer, so he's overqualified for a government job.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34409788)

Isn't he trying to look "1337" not "leet"?

Trying to raise money (4, Insightful)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409800)

I truly hope no one is dumb enough to give him money.

Re:Trying to raise money (1)

js3 (319268) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409866)

why?

Re:Trying to raise money (2, Insightful)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410098)

Only someone dumb enough to give him money would ask a question like that.

Re:Trying to raise money (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409870)

Of course not. Just look at that SCO business. No one was stupid enough to invest in that mess, so you shouldn't have to worry about this one.

Re:Trying to raise money (1)

Terrasque (796014) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410364)

Now, it would be a shame if someone took some stolen credit cards and sent him a lot of money... Right? Truly bad indeed.

Helping Law Enforcement (4, Insightful)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409808)

So he committed a crime and tweeted about it. Stupid, but helpful for law enforcement. Durrrr....

Re:Helping Law Enforcement (0)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410142)

Obviously this super 1337 h@X0r is of the smooth, x86-pimp ilk to fake his own arrest! Damn, that guy is G00D!!1! I'll bet he did this with a sweet VBS script. Props to da M@N!!1!

Seriously, this is the best the Tea Baggers can muster? This is pathetic, at best.

Re:Helping Law Enforcement (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410406)

script? nope, he he made a gui in vb4 with a button on it that launches a script made by someone else. Like all the other 1337 h4x0rs.

Re:Helping Law Enforcement (2)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410196)

So he committed a crime and tweeted about it. Stupid, but helpful for law enforcement. Durrrr....

The Internet has made stupid drunken or braggy confessions to one's pals even easier for cops to overhear. No longer does a cop or an informant have to be in physical proximity to the moron! Oddly exactly what it was made for: Easier communication!

Honestly, who didn't see that coming? (2)

Winchestershire (1495475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409812)

I honestly don't care one way or the other regarding the Wikileaks mess, but common sense tells you that if you do something illegal (like DDoS'ing) and then brag about it that you will likely get caught.

Re:Honestly, who didn't see that coming? (1)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409864)

I honestly don't care one way or the other regarding the Wikileaks mess, but common sense tells you that if you do something illegal (like DDoS'ing) and then brag about it that you will likely get caught.

Maybe he thought the CIA would thank him and give him a job. ;-)

Saw this coming (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34409826)

I was having a discussion with a friend about this. My point of view was that Assange was more safe than this guy, since Assange didn't go around boasting about having committed a crime on U.S. soil.

Oh darn... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34409830)

Another unskilled script kiddie with a message bites the dust. I'm sure the hacker community is really broken up about this tragic loss.

Re:Oh darn... (2, Funny)

Lilith's Heart-shape (1224784) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409996)

I ate a box of Ex-Lax, but I can't bring myself to give a shit.

th3j35t3r - Lame. (5, Funny)

Teckla (630646) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409832)

A nick name like "th3j35t3r" is so unbelievably lame.

It clearly should be "7h3j3573r".

Re:th3j35t3r - Lame. (1)

fiatluxiam (1867960) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409872)

EXACTLY what I was going to point out, 1337 fail!

Re:th3j35t3r - Lame. (1)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410152)

He wanted 7h3j3573r, but someone else had already claimed it, so he had to substitute ts for his 7s.

(Not realizing 73hj3573r was available.)

Re:th3j35t3r - Lame. (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410246)

How about "0x544845204a4554000000"?

Point (1, Insightful)

Voulnet (1630793) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409840)

"Personally I think anyone who spells their nick with numbers in an effort to look 'leet' deserves to have their computer confiscated"

This.

I'm surprised. (3, Interesting)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409844)


I honestly thought it was government(s) behind the DDoS.

Re:I'm surprised. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34409914)

It seems more like the problem is that you don't think. You just run your mouth whenever you feel like it. I wonder why it is that people actually care about what you say when you don't know how to listen or at least ask instead of making jackass remarks.

Re:I'm surprised. (4, Funny)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410008)


Happy World AIDS Day to you, too!

lol.

Re:I'm surprised. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410318)

You're cool.

Re:I'm surprised. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410184)

Oh hey, looks like someone got mad on the internet.
Perhaps you should DDoS him!

future tags: goodluckwiththat idiot soreass owned buttdevestated

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

ShaunC (203807) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409950)

Funny, I thought it was BAE. ;)

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

Mindcontrolled (1388007) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409952)

Ah well, the beauty of modern times is, you do not have to take immediate action as a government in cases like this - especially if the internet is involved. Most likely some moron somewhere will take it on himself to act as your sockpuppet - intentional or not. Then you wipe your hands clean, arrest the poor fool and play the part of the righteously indignated while secretly laughing all the time.

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409964)

You give up too quickly. Based on the furor with which some people where insisting it must be the government yesterday, I'm fully expecting to see people arguing that "The Joker" is a patsy taking the fall to distract attention from the government and their elite squad of script kiddies.

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

cryoman23 (1646557) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410030)

naaa they would have just seized his domain instead :)

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410188)

At least it wasn't the TSA... they would have seized his crotch. ;)

Re:I'm surprised. (3, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410194)

I honestly thought it was government(s) behind the DDoS.

Well, he was motivated by "patriotism" fueled by the FUD spread by government(s)... is it them doing it if they influence people without giving direct instructions? Philosoraptor knows...

Re:I'm surprised. (1)

davev2.0 (1873518) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410360)

You thought that because you are a dumbass.

On a related note (5, Informative)

Amorymeltzer (1213818) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409848)

The Wikileaks twitter account [twitter.com] is reporting/complaining that Amazon booted them from using their servers. Others [guardian.co.uk] are saying [readwriteweb.com] it was due to pressure from the US.

Re:On a related note (1, Interesting)

electron sponge (1758814) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409980)

Amazon does a fair bit of business in the United States, what with it being an American corporation and all. I'm surprised Wikileaks lasted a day before getting the boot. Kudos to Amazon for knowing where their bread is buttered.

Re:On a related note (5, Insightful)

Amouth (879122) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410310)

Kudos to Amazon for knowing where their bread is buttered.

NO.. no kudos for them - now if they where presented with a court order to shut it down then by all means.

but this is a violation of due process if not, and as far as i'm concerned places Amazon out of what could be reasonably considered a common carrier on their EC2 platform..

which means they should be liable as assisting any illegal activity that happens on their EC2 platform.

Re:On a related note (3, Insightful)

nametaken (610866) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410370)

No doubt this somehow fell under ToS violations. Not so much a perversion of justice.

Re:On a related note (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410408)

They may not want to deal with the DoSing. I would expect there are probably "excessive use" provisions in the hosting agreement.

Re:On a related note (1)

BitZtream (692029) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410366)

Well, its not exactly as if they weren't expecting it to be taken down, it was clearly part of the Wikileaks plan to have it go offline.

If you have material that the US doesn't want public ... and you're hosting it on Amazons' cloud ... WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU HOSTING IT ON THE CLUSTERS IN THE US RATHER THAN SOME EUROPEAN COUNTRY?

Its hosted on American amazon servers so it could be used to garner more attention when it was taken down.

Either he's too stupid to be trusted or he's an attention whore using anything and everything he has access to to get attention, in which case, he can not be trusted.

Deserved what he got (1)

Saerko (1174897) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409856)

I'm sorry, you start DOS'ing anyone whose website offends you, and it's only a matter of time before you hit a site someone actually cares about enough to take action on. This guy should know this is part of the game, and take it in stride. If they found out who he was in the first place, apparently he wasn't very good either.

Re:Deserved what he got (2)

cheekyjohnson (1873388) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410018)

If they found out who he was in the first place, apparently he wasn't very good either.

But... didn't you see all of those numbers in his name!? Didn't you see all of that reckless gloating!? Clearly he is a master of computers (though he's not nearly as good as Komen Bryce)!

Re:Deserved what he got (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410224)

Well, to be fair, if Wikileaks wants to play with the big boys and engage in espionage part of the game and taking it in stride and not complain should be far worse than a DOS attack.

really?? (1)

NetNed (955141) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409888)

He choose this to wage a DDoS on? I can think of hundreds of sites better suited for this. How about taking down some known terrorists sites? Maybe the RIAA or MPAA?

Re:really?? (3, Informative)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409972)

He did run DDOS attacks on websites that were sympathetic to terrorists. Basically, this guy is a hard-line far-right hacktivist, and I cannot say that I am surprised that he was behind the wikileaks attack.

Re:really?? (1)

davev2.0 (1873518) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410400)

I see, so it is OK to DDoS the websites of groups you personally do not like, but it is wrong for him to DDoS the websites of groups he does not like but you do like. That is what is known as hypocrisy.

First, we set fire to all the lawyers (3, Funny)

steveha (103154) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409916)

If anyone is going to be alight in the whole Wikileaks debacle, its going to be the lawyers.

That's sort of an incendiary comment. You're playing with fire, here; you don't want to flame lawyers, they might get hot under the collar.

steveha

Re:First, we set fire to all the lawyers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410150)

(Steve: +1 Ha)

Re:First, we set fire to all the lawyers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410284)

If anyone is going to be alight in the whole Wikileaks debacle, its going to be the lawyers.

That's sort of an incendiary comment. You're playing with fire, here; you don't want to flame lawyers, they might get hot under the collar.

steveha

Woah woah, cool it. You don't want to get burnt, and with replies like that the whole conversation can get heated up.

Re:First, we set fire to all the lawyers (0)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410334)

If anyone is going to be alight in the whole Wikileaks debacle, its going to be the lawyers.

That's sort of an incendiary comment. You're playing with fire, here; you don't want to flame lawyers, they might get hot under the collar.

steveha

That comment is one smoking burn! I'd be smoldering if you'd said that about me.

Leetness and the individual... (2)

The Pirou (1551493) | more than 3 years ago | (#34409976)

I fail to see how being an 'individual' and acquiring a moniker for one's self that 'might' not have been used to any gainful notoriety by someone else prior to this point justifies having their computer confiscated.

Alphanumeric's are practically forced down our throat at every turn, whether it's in new capture images, password requirements on a banking site or when registering with any of the other myriad companies you might be required to have a login for these days. Is it so strange for that to translate into a name that transcends the King's English?

Re:Leetness and the individual... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410078)

Alphanumeric's are practically forced down our throat at every turn, whether it's in new capture images, password requirements on a banking site or when registering with any of the other myriad companies you might be required to have a login for these days. Is it so strange for that to translate into a name that transcends the King's English?

Transcends is certainly an odd word choice.

s/transcends/looks idiotic in/g

Fast response time... (1)

Omniscientist (806841) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410010)

It only took two days since the attack occurred for the perpetrator to be tracked down and arrested? I can't say I've ever heard of such a fast response time to a computer crime. I'm quite surprised.

Is this typical these days?

Re:Fast response time... (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410276)

It only took two days since the attack occurred for the perpetrator to be tracked down and arrested? I can't say I've ever heard of such a fast response time to a computer crime. I'm quite surprised.

Is this typical these days?

I don't know. Let's see if Wikileaks has reports on the typical computer crime response.

Re:Fast response time... (4, Funny)

grcumb (781340) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410358)

It only took two days since the attack occurred for the perpetrator to be tracked down and arrested? I can't say I've ever heard of such a fast response time to a computer crime. I'm quite surprised.

Is this typical these days?

Nah, not hardly. Let me demonstrate.

I'll just fire up my handy-dandy scrypto-rama botnet infestor... there... and point it at Amazon... like that. And - hang on, there's someone at the doo%$^&%&*+++NO CARRIER

Real vigilantes do not (5, Insightful)

losttoy (558557) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410094)

1. Attack Amazon's infrastructure from their home computer
2. Post about it on twitter
3. Make videos of the attack and blog
4. Try to recruit sidekicks
5. Brag about it on IRC and the interwebs

You do any or all of the above, and you are not a vigilante or a cracker. You are just another idiot you got his/her paws on a computer.

you missed... (1)

Geoffrey.landis (926948) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410296)

1. Attack Amazon's infrastructure from their home computer
2. Post about it on twitter
3. Make videos of the attack and blog
4. Try to recruit sidekicks
5. Brag about it on IRC and the interwebs .

...
6. ???
7. Profit!

S(r3w u! (5, Funny)

turing_m (1030530) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410156)

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Re:S(r3w u! (2)

PRMan (959735) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410390)

Sadly, I could read that...

Well, now I know how to spell 'fall guy' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410164)

It is spelled in the manner of incoherent 13 year old l33t-speak.

good! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34410204)

they need to throw the book at him and than bury him under the jail.
If the guy was a patriot, they would be helping wikileaks instead of DDOSing it.

Like I said (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410330)

This guy is an idiot. Wikileak's owner is on the Interpol's most wanted list and half the U.S. calling for your head. The issue is so hot right now, doing anything remotely involved with the Wikileak site - good or bad - is going to get your ass hunted by SOMEBODY.

Numbers in your handle? (1, Insightful)

seyyah (986027) | more than 3 years ago | (#34410368)

I think someone who uses the letter "k" instead of the letter "c" in their nickname to look kool deserves to have their komputer konfiscated. I'm looking at you kaptink.

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