Australia Busts Self-Proclaimed LulzSec Head

Australia Busts Self-Proclaimed LulzSec Head

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The unidentified man faces a potential 10 year prison stretch on hacking-related charges.

The self-professed head of LulzSec is behind bars in Australia, after an arrest Tuesday night. The as yet unidentified 24-year-old was caught after an investigation into an attack on an Australian government web site earlier this month. He could spend as much as 10 years in jail, if convicted on two hacking-related charges.

"The [Australian Federal Police] has zero tolerance for this kind of behavior," says Glen McEwan, manager of A.F.P. cybercrime operations. The man, who uses the online tag Aush0k, had repeatedly claimed on forums that he was the leader of LulzSec, and didn't deny it when arrested. He is alleged to have abused his position as an I.T. specialist at a Sydney-based company to obtain confidential information from clients, which was then used to help LulzSec's hacking efforts.

LulzSec has often claimed that the motivation behind its hacks has been entertainment, and numbers among its targets the likes of Bethesda, a porn database, and Nintendo. The group became widely known after it intervened in the WikiLeaks scandal, waging a series of cyber attacks in retaliation for the attempted shutdown of WikiLeaks' website. Sabu, aka Hector Xavier Monsegur, one of the co-founders of the group, turned F.B.I. informant when caught in 2011, and from that point began turning in his former LuzSec partners. Several other LulzSec members have since been arrested. Cody Kretsinger, another LulzSec alumnus, has also reached an agreement with prosecutors after his conviction last week in Los Angeles on hacking-related charges.

Source: New York Times

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He should have remained Anonymous.

He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

Fappy:
He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

Yup. Aaron Swartz was charged with at 35 years minimum & $1,000,000.00 fine.

You could shoot a nun in the back & get less time than that

Fappy:
He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

I know right.
I've always felt that rapists deserve harsher sentences.

Zombie_Moogle:

Fappy:
He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

Yup. Aaron Swartz was charged with at 35 years minimum & $1,000,000.00 fine.

You could shoot a nun in the back & get less time than that

Nun shooters too.

Fappy:
He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

He could get 10 years. Most likely will get less than that, unless he was hacking databases by throwing orphaned kids at them.

Ah, I remember when they "attacked" here and Kross and everyone had it back up and running pretty soon after. Fun times.

Can't say I feel all that sorry for the guy, although 10 years seems very harsh considering, like Fappy said, that's what the average rape sentence is.

Also a minor thing but the Australian Sydney is spelled with a y not an i =P

Fappy:
He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

That would be the maximum sentence, not all that unusual given the actions the group he lead carried out, and his personal actions.

Not that I don't think rape laws have problems mind you.

Could face 10 years and no fucks given. The guy is a dickhead and I'm not going to show any sympathy.

10 Years is way way way too much >_<
Hacking a website=murder really?
God I love my country but sometime it pissis me off T_T

captcha:lark about

Man, if even Lulzsec has snitches...nobody is safe from their friends.

Karloff:
He is alleged to have abused his position as an I.T. specialist at a Sidney-based company to obtain confidential information from clients, which was then used to help LulzSec's hacking efforts.

Just wanted to point out that it's Sydney. That is all.

OT: I thought it'd happen sooner or later. I feel fairly indifferent towards the whole thing, I think.

I have no sympathy for the guy. Sure, he was just screwing around and nobody got seriously hurt, but the law is there to prevent this sort of behavior. If you have to screw with other people to entertain yourself, you are at best a public nuisance and should face repercussions.

He won't get the full ten years; probably plead it down to five and be out in two. Introducing him to the criminal society probably won't help him any, but it will definitely convince future "hackers" to think twice before engaging in illegal behavior.

And thus the lulztrain gomes to a grinding halt.

Who knew scumbags couldn't trust other scumbags?

Putting people in prison to try and make an example of them doesn't work. Since when has the death penalty persuaded determined killers and rapists to not do what they want?

thaluikhain:

Fappy:
He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

He could get 10 years. Most likely will get less than that, unless he was hacking databases by throwing orphaned kids at them.

I'm pretty sure that would land him in a mental institution... don't quote me on that...

OT: I can't say I'm shocked. Anonymity on the internet isn't foolproof, if someone WANTS to find you, they can.

I'm happy to see how this has ended. I'm not sure it's a matter of this sentence being too harsh, but of other crimes like rape not being taken very seriously.

Then again, what Swartz did shouldn't have got him any more than a $5,000 fine. The people he was ripping off are phenomenal price gougers anyway, and they are doing serious damage with their practices.

So maybe what's needed is a more fluid sentencing system that has a bit better of a correlation between harm caused and sentence received.

Fappy:
He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

Well, rapists are less dangerous to the government. A rapist only hurts a handful of citizens and who cares about them, right? Meanwhile, a hacker could expose all kinds of government secrets, so they've got to be discouraged.

Reeve:
Putting people in prison to try and make an example of them doesn't work. Since when has the death penalty persuaded determined killers and rapists to not do what they want?

The purpose isn't deterrence so much as simply removing them from society so that they can't do any more harm.

Do hacktivists do "harm?"

Fappy:
He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

"Up to 10 years" is not the same as ten years. very rarely does the maximum get applied especially to non homicide and non rape cases. Websites always post the max all the time because it drives traffic. He will probably face a few years at most after striking a deal.

jp201:

Fappy:
He gets 10 years... that's the average sentence for a rapist.

Yeah... seriously?

"Up to 10 years" is not the same as ten years. very rarely does the maximum get applied especially to non homicide and non rape cases. Websites always post the max all the time because it drives traffic. He will probably face a few years at most after striking a deal.

10 years is the average sentence for rape cases. Many people get away with a lot less and even more end their sentences several years early.

He's not unidentified, his name is Matthew Flannery, and his online handle was "Aush0k"

http://www.zdnet.com/lulzsec-bah-cybercrime-aint-no-joke-7000014560/

DVS BSTrD:
He should have remained Anonymous.

*Major snerk attack*

OT: Well, how's your sandwich taste now? Not so good, having gambled freedom and lost, huh? Kind of funny that Australia got 'im.

Reeve:
Do hacktivists do "harm?"

apparently the costs a company has to endure in order to upgrade their security system up to industry standards is considered "damage done" and can be demanded in court from anyone who exposed the flaw. Paypal got away with that.

I work for a charity and we handle a lot of personal information, and I mean a shedload of information. We were subject to over a dozen cyber attacks last year and as a result we have had to take on two additional information security officers and had to spend a fortune upgrading our IT infastructure.

We aren't a huge multinational with cash slopping around and, appart from the fact that we should be spending that money helping people, that was one of the factors that pushed us into a financial defacit last year, which in turn was the major facor in the decision not to award any of our clerical staff a payrise this April.

Its all very well when people say things like "who does it hurt" and "they target big companies with bad practices" but cybercrime is a huge problem for organisations of all sizes. Im not saying the people arrested here are the same people who are commiting more sisister online attacks, but regardless of the prcise actions or the political motivations of these "hacktivists" they are commiting crimes, and when people defend them they are defending all cyber criminals

Strazdas:

Reeve:
Do hacktivists do "harm?"

apparently the costs a company has to endure in order to upgrade their security system up to industry standards is considered "damage done" and can be demanded in court from anyone who exposed the flaw. Paypal got away with that.

Wait a second...

Being 'forced' to upgrade your internet security to 'industry standards' is considered harmful...

It's like suing a burglar for damages done because you have to upgrade your locks...

VoidWanderer:

Strazdas:

Reeve:
Do hacktivists do "harm?"

apparently the costs a company has to endure in order to upgrade their security system up to industry standards is considered "damage done" and can be demanded in court from anyone who exposed the flaw. Paypal got away with that.

Wait a second...

Being 'forced' to upgrade your internet security to 'industry standards' is considered harmful...

It's like suing a burglar for damages done because you have to upgrade your locks...

In this stupid, insane world, Lawyers are like Wizards. They can get you nearly anything if they're good enough.

In other words, Australia busts self-proclaimed idiot.

 

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