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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Look Who Launched Hacker War on PayPal!

Look Who Launched Hacker War on PayPal!

Look Who Launched Hacker War on PayPal!

Added: Friday, August 5th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
PayPal payment system may be convenient for some in our digital age, but more and more people see nothing convenient about some of PayPal’s recent activities. Currently it seems that the opposition turned into a full-scale war between PayPal and the collective, in which neither side is going to back down.

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In the beginning of the story there was news of an arrest of a journalism student within the FBI’s cross-country sweep to reign in Anonymous in the United States. The face of a girl they arrested would be the last and the most convincing evidence that proves the fact that the FBI is desperately trying to find anyone who may be claimed responsible for the Anonymous hacking activity. If they were not that lucky, they might have arrested a newborn for hacking, but Mercedes Renee Haefer is a journalism student attending the University of Nevada, so she is grown up enough to face up to 15(!) years in prison for her presumed association with the hacker group. In fact, her fault is that she just happened to be connected to the Anonymous IRC server a while ago.

The girl might have been shocked no less than our readers when she was targeted by the FBI. Mercedes Renee Haefer tried to explain that she was much more interested in cracking jokes than cracking computers of international agencies, but this didn’t help. Meanwhile, AnonymousIRC pointed out how outrageous the announced total penalty was. For comparison, the average penalty for rape is less than 12 years of jail time. Of course, 15 years is just the maximum penalty rather than what the girl is going to get. She could also wind up getting less if she is somehow found guilty at all.

On the other hand, it should be pointed out that it doesn’t seem to be a crime to simply happen to be connected to an IRC channel and chatting with the others on the Internet. In fact, if the authorities are desperate enough to just start arresting everyone who happen to be using a particular IRC channel, it can’t be OK, because there is a big difference between chatting with people and hacking government computers to publish their internal information online for all to see.

Meanwhile, the news caused some degree of outrage expressed by many people, which resulted in a protest against PayPal. According to some reports, thousands of PayPal accounts were closed which resulted in millions of dollars in losses for the company.


By:
SaM
August 5th,2011

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, August 5th, 2011



Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSunTurtle (2011-08-05 20:13:25)
dazpicable avatarquality thanks

2
posted by (2011-08-05 21:15:43)
uax4it avatarWow she get it! with my Trojan ..

3
posted by (2011-08-05 22:02:20)
No avatarxxlld my paypal acct

4
posted by (2011-08-06 04:10:02)
TrojanMouse avatarNever realised 'hackers' were such babes...

5
posted by men (2011-08-06 07:02:41)
ToeringsNthongz avatar@TrojanMouse you have short eyes friend,she looks like she about 12years old

6
posted by (2011-08-06 12:59:49)
Casper34 avatarshes 20... according to this link
http://unlikelyconvergence.com/?p=2011

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posted by Blocked (2011-08-06 13:16:25)
menahunie avatarAs it was already said - you screw with the money and you get screwed. There is allot more to this person shown that has been omitted from this so called article. Many are not able to understand on hard fact; FBI or any other agency doesn't just go out and arrest people with out hard proof. If they did that they would face Federal Civil rights violations and lawyers would craw out of the woodwork to file lawsuits.
Here is an article with more information that was not included..
http://www.techworld.com.au/article/394256/_anonymous_arrests_tied_paypal_ddos_attacks_fbi_says/

'Anonymous' arrests tied to PayPal DDoS attacks, FBI says
Fourteen arrested for PayPal attacks, two others for related cybercrimes

The FBI said this afternoon that it had arrested a total of fourteen individuals thought to belong to the Anonymous hacking group for their alleged participation in a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) against PayPal last year.

The defendants, all of whom were in the 20s or early 30s, were arrested on no-bail arrest warrants in a series of raids in Alabama, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and five other states. All of them were charged in an indictment that was unsealed in federal court in San Jose today.

Two other individuals were also arrested today on what the FBI said in a statement were related cybercrime charges.

One of them, Scott Matthew Arciszewski, 21, was arrested in Florida on charges that he illegally accessed files from a Tampa Bay InfraGard website last year and then publicly posted information telling others how to break into the site.

The other indictment unsealed in federal court in New Jersey charged Lance Moore, 21, of Las Cruces, N.M., of stealing protected business information from an AT&T server in June this year, and posting it on a public file hosting site. The thousands of documents, applications and files that Moore is alleged to have stolen was later made publicly available by the LulzSec hacking group, the indictment alleges.

According to the San Jose indictment, the 14 individuals who were arrested today were all members of Anonymous who conspired to attack PayPal last December in retaliation for its perceived opposition to WikiLeaks.

Soon after the whistleblower site started publicly releasing classified U.S. State Department cables late last November, PayPal terminated an account that WikiLeaks had set up to collect donations, citing violations of its terms of service.

The move prompted a series of angry retaliatory DDoS attacks against PayPal by members of the Anonymous hacking collective. Similar attacks were carried out by Anonymous members against several other sites that were seen as opposing WikiLeaks.

The attacks, dubbed "Operation Avenge Assange," were coordinated by Anonymous using an open source tool called Low Orbit Ion Cannon that the group made available for public download to anyone who wanted to participate.

The 14 individuals named in today's indictment in San Jose have each been charged with conspiring to and intentionally causing damage to a protected computer. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, while the intentional damage charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $500,000 charge, the FBI noted in its statement.

The individuals named in the San Jose indictment are Christopher Cooper, 23, Joshua Covelli, 26, Keith Downey, 26, Mercedes Haefer, 20, Donald Husband, 29, Vincent Kershaw, 27, Ethan Miles, 33, James Murphy, 36, Drew Phillips, 26, Jeffrey Puglisi, 28, Daniel Sullivan, 22, Tracy Valenzuela, 42 and Christopher Quang Vo, 22. One individual was unnamed.

The raids come amid a recent spike in activity by Anonymous. Just last week, members of the group claimed credit for breaking into computers belonging to military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and exposing the email addresses and passwords of more than 90,000 military personnel.

Earlier this month, Anonymous was labeled a cyberterrorism group by the Arizona Department of Public Safety after members of the group repeatedly attacked Arizona police union websites to protest the state's tough immigration laws. ln December, Anonymous launched a series of DDoS attacks against several organizations, including PayPal and Amazon.com, to protest what it claimed were efforts to stifle whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

Today's FBI raids shouldn't come as a surprise, said Josh Shaul, CTO of Application Security Inc. "They got a lot of people angry," he said. "When you play with fire you are going to get burned."

What is unusual, however, is that some Anonymous members appeared to have put little effort into concealing their tracks, he said. "It seems like these folks who got caught were brazen and careless about the way they went about their hacking activity."

Many of the recent attacks by Anonymous and splinter group LulzSec appear to be focused on embarrassing the victims, not about outright data theft or sabotage. Even so, "they [law enforcement officials] are certainly going to want to make an example of anyone they can bring in," Shaul said.

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posted by Blocked (2011-08-08 19:32:48)
No avatarshe loooks more hot in my picture lamo http://extratorrent.com/forum/topic/9217/she+makes+the+world+s+most+powerful+companies+to+tremble.html

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posted by (2011-08-09 18:33:28)
No avatarShe can sure hack some hearts!



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