Barrett Brown sits in a jail cell, awaiting trial for his role as an informal spokesperson for Anonymous and for making threats against the FBI, in what looks like a classic case of prosecutorial overreach.
Anonymous has called for an Internet blackout in an attempt to get the Web to protest CISPA, the much maligned cyber security bill which threatens our privacy more than it protects it. But, unlike last year’s SOPA blackout, it seems no one is listening.
Investigators in Australia have arrested the self-proclaimed leader of LulzSec, the hacker group and Anonymous offshoot that previously claimed responsibility for a slew of major hacks in 2011 including attacks on Sony Pictures, the UK tabloid The Sun, and the CIA’s public website. All “just for the Lulz” — laughs, that is — of it.
The White House isn’t supportive of the amended version of CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which is headed to the House floor for a vote. But that doesn’t mean President Obama is going to veto it.
As the world waits with bated breath to see if Pyongyang will make good on its nuclear threats, the hacker collective Anonymous has made its own move in the increasingly cyber conflict between North Korea and the world.