Streetwise Professor

March 6, 2012

They Ain’t Anonymous No More

Filed under: Politics — The Professor @ 9:18 pm

The FBI has indicted 6 Anonymous/LulzSec hackers, including the infamous @anonymousabu.  The Feds apprehended Sabu in August of last year, and the pathetic unemployed welfare recipient has been an informant ever since.

A couple of interesting tidbits from the FBI announcement.

First, it confirms my suspicion that the vaunted hack of the FBI phone call was due to an egregious security lapse by a foreign cop who participated in the call:

The Hack of International Law Enforcement

In January 2012, O’CEARRBHAIL hacked into the personal e-mail account of an officer with Ireland’s national police service, the An Garda Siochana (the “Garda”). Because the Garda officer had forwarded work e-mails to a personal account, O’CEARRBHAIL learned information about how to access a conference call that the Garda, the FBI, and other law enforcement agencies were planning to hold on January 17, 2012 regarding international investigations of Anonymous and other hacking groups. O’CEARRBHAIL then accessed and secretly recorded the January 17 international law enforcement conference call, and then disseminated the illegally-obtained recording to others.

It is appalling that a law enforcement officer engaged in cybercrime efforts would be so sloppy in his own security.

Second, one of the hackers arrested was responsible for the Stratfor hack:

The Stratfor Hack

In December 2011, HAMMOND conspired to hack into computer systems used by Stratfor, a private firm that provides governments and others with independent geopolitical analysis. HAMMOND and his co-conspirators, as members of AntiSec, stole confidential information from those computer systems, including Stratfor employees’ e-mails as well as account information for approximately 860,000 Stratfor subscribers or clients. HAMMOND and his co-conspirators stole credit card information for approximately 60,000 credit card users and used some of the stolen data to make unauthorized charges exceeding $700,000. HAMMOND and his co-conspirators also publicly disclosed some of the confidential information they had stolen.

Hammond is a real winner. (h/t R) The scary part: there are TWO of them (he’s a twin-and it doesn’t appear one’s the good twin and the other evil: they are both criminals).  BTW, Hammond is from Chicago, and associated with Occupy and anarchist movements.  Does this have anything to do with the otherwise mysterious decision to move the G8 meeting from Chicago? (Something the Occupy types are claiming credit for.)

Some theorizing.  The question arises: why roll up these people now?  Let’s examine some interesting coincidences. 1. Julian Assange of Wikileaks was apparently obsessed with Stratfor because he believed it had information about the existence of a sealed indictment against him.  2. In his typical drama queen fashion, Assange highlighted the revelation in the leaked Stratfor emails that company VP Fred Burton had claimed that a Federal Grand Jury had indicted Assange.  3. There had been rumors that Assange had arranged the Stratfor hack to get information about the indictment. 4. A week after Wikileaks publishes the Stratfor emails, and Assange makes a huge deal about the emails regarding his indictment, the Stratfor hacker is arrested–and the entire operation to roll up this group is made public.  Given these facts, it does not stretch credulity to believe that Assange arranged the hack to get at the information, and the FBI is going to go after Assange next.

This suggests to me that Assange is the real target here.  He’s a far bigger target than dreadlocked basement dwellers like Hammond.  Once the stolen Stratfor material was definitively in Wikileaks’s-and Assange’s-hands it makes perfect sense to arrest Hammond to make a connection between Assange and the theft.  It may well be the case, due to Sabu’s participation, that the FBI was aware of a nexus between Assange and Hammond either before, or sometime after the hack, and were just waiting until the stolen goods were delivered to close the trap.  Or the delivery of the stolen material to Assange suggested to the FBI that Hammond and Assange had collaborated, giving the Bureau a motive to nab Hammond in order to pressure him to turn on Assange.

If I am right, in short order the least that Julian Assange will have to worry about is extradition to Sweden.

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  1. Burton’s a disgusting, pompous windbag. Go read his leaked email about wanting to ‘shut up’ Alex Jones and Glenn Beck. And oh yeah, at there’s a hilarious story about Stratfor claiming Yury Chaika as a super secret source when the lady who purported to be communicating directly with him spoke no Russian. Told ya’ll Stratfor was FOS on that one, and picking on a guy who’s had very real heart problems to boot. Maybe they were hoping the stress would cause him to keel over. Scumbags.

    And could your new Conintelpro pal Quills who shares your obsession with taking down Zerohedge a notch be suddenly peeved and view Mr. Jones as part of a vast Kremlins disinfo conspiracy because of THIS?

    It seems the Anglo-American elites having used the playbook so well going back to the Bosnia war and Saddam’s troops tossing babies out of incubators in 91′ (false propaganda, Saddam was evil but his troops didn’t do that) that now when it gets mirror imaged by the likes of Assad who finds his own media-saavy English speaking (and unveiled female, no less) spokespersons to turn the narrative against the West, the West can’t deal with it. Unlike with the South Ossetian lady and her granddaughter who was in Tskival there’s no Shep Smith to shush this woman up.

    They’re so used to saying we MUST intervene on behalf of so and so they cannot cope with Americans with Internet connections suddenly discovering we backed black-flag flying Salafists who proudly wave their jihadi banner over Benghazi, or Muslim Brotherhood types who would rape and murder this pro-Assad lady if they could and would beat and drive Christian women off the streets. The presumption of total moral superiority on the part of D.C. and London has been exposed as a fraud.

    Comment by Mr. X — March 6, 2012 @ 11:56 pm

  2. This particular comment had to be repeated:

    20.Oh yeah and isn’t it funny/ironic how after denouncing the Anonymous collective, it turns out at least one cell leader was working for the FBI all along, even when his cell hacked a USG client private security firm?
    But people like Alex Jones who say much of the hacks are actually false flags are all tin foil hat wearing nutbags. No?

    How’s that song go…Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress “get it oooooooooooonnnnnn…”

    Comment by Mr. X — March 6, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Comment by Mr. X — March 7, 2012 @ 12:00 am

  3. P.S. SWP it may amuse you to know there was a mini-hiring boomlet going on at ClearanceJobs and some of the other pages of that sort by totally anonymous firms in Chicagoland looking for Sociology majors to compile data and dossiers. So I suppose they wanted to find the type of students who’ve been joining Occupy in droves and use one of them to compile arrest lists for Mayor Rahm’s boys in advance of the G-8.

    Pity huh? Like ‘a’ says, it could’ve been such a profitable MIC/adjunct ‘private’ spook venture. Now they won’t need all that privatized Statsi-ness inn Chitown after all, or will they? Compiling one meager dossier on STOP NATO’s Rick Rozoff if he shows up with a few local Serbs to protest against the NATO summit just won’t be as sexy or lucrative, now will it?

    Comment by Mr. X — March 7, 2012 @ 12:11 am

  4. Thank you Moron X for pointing to STOP NATO’s Rick Rozoff .

    The mafia-morons have hard time in the Russian tea-party in Syria .

    Nice to have a protector for you ,Assange and the killer moron -clan

    Comment by Anders — March 7, 2012 @ 1:47 am

  5. If I am right, in short order the least that Julian Assange will have to worry about is extradition to Sweden.

    You’d like that wouldn’t you?

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — March 7, 2012 @ 3:54 am

  6. The Sublim -Putin-mafia propagandist on Berkley is not safe in Scandinavia either . We do not put polonium in your tea but rapist , racists have hard time in Prison . Many of your genocide Serbian war-criminal friends have committed suicide in our prisons . A miserable life give the genocide pigs a way out .

    Comment by Anders — March 7, 2012 @ 6:03 am

  7. Julian Assange appears to be a sanctimonious and hypocritical blowhard whose devotion to revealing confidential information ends exactly at the point where the information becomes detrimental to some nefarious cause that he himself espouses.

    Perhaps the most egregious example of this hypocrisy is the fact that the Climategate emails were offered to Assange and he declined to publish them. They included, of course, prima facie evidence of criminal intent to evade the UK FoI act. They also included evidence of statistical ignorance and duplicity, and of attempts to remove from post editors who gave space to people who disagreed with the Climategate authors. They further showed climate “scientists” agreeing to alter their output and messaging in response to green activists’ requests that they do so.

    Assange failed to publish these because he agreed with the climate change political positions of the activist scientists, and therefore agreed with the dishonesty deployed in support. He is not a fearless crusader at all; he is a Lysenkoist, a censor of dissent, and a hypocritical and supine little pissant of the lowest order.

    He is unquestionably going to jail for a very long time. He is merely the latest in a long, long line of self-righteous, self-important, narcissistic abject bozos who have not absorbed that the US takes both white collar crime and its national security very seriously. If you manager to offend US law enforcement on both of those counts in one go, or a succession of goes, then you can expect judicial action against you wherever you may be.

    The experience that awaits Assange in court and the experience that awaits him in his cell at the Federal penitentiary, courtesy of his large and frustrated cell-mate Spike, will probably feel very similar. The courtroom ordeal will be over pretty fast, but I predict there’ll be a good thirty years of Spike to put up with.

    Comment by Green as Grass — March 7, 2012 @ 6:07 am

  8. Darn it-I was hoping Mossad would deal with these people.

    Comment by pahoben — March 7, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  9. Green as grass has nailed it – whatever the virtues of openness, and there is a lot to say for keeping as few secrets as possible, the players lose all creditability when they edit and select for ideological purposes. It is then just another form of propaganda, with an extra dollop of sanctimony added in. Who do they think they are, the G*d Damned New York Times (Pravda on the Hudson) for Christ’s sake! When will these people learn their place?

    Comment by sotos — March 7, 2012 @ 7:32 am

  10. This morning there was an enlightening interview with the Hammonds’ mom on a local Chicago radio station. According to her, Jeremy has an IQ of 161 but had been brought up by his father who is so to that left that he considers Michael Moore to be too conservative. Talk about a great gift from God so pathetically wasted…

    Comment by LL — March 7, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

  11. Darn it-I was hoping Mossad would deal with these people.

    Democratism is on the march like a rising tide. All who stand before it will be swept away, and broken asunder. Such is the fate of those who defy the LORD.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — March 7, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

  12. S/O-you remind me of aging celebrities who have to be more and more outrageous in order to attract attention. Before too long, it just becomes pathetic.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — March 7, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  13. Between Anders’ gibberish (I thought Scandinavians all spoke and wrote English well) that somehow extols the virtues of notoriously harsh Swedish prisons, Andy Dzughashvili’s slur against homosexuals, and La Russophobe suddenly making sense and telling the truth about Putin having no serious, vote-drawing opponents in this most recent election, I’m just too weirded out to stick around. Almost as weirded out as by SWP’s obsession with proving Zerohedge is a Commie front, complete with his omission of three ZH posts referring to the protests against Putin and ZH’s enthusiasm for hydraulic fracturing — none of which can be squared with the Kremlin plant theme. Unless I suppose we’re going full blown into Manchurian Candidate territory whereby the real Commies all pretend to be McCarthyites and Igor Panarin’s mind rays somehow corrupted the Wyoming legislature into debating a bill on prepping for the collapse of the U.S. dollar. As Bobby Dylan sang once, for SWP’s new (privatized) Cointelpro buddy Quills people are disgusted with the status quo across the board, there must be a huge Commie subversion operation going on indeed. The fact that the Establishment SWP worships and wants so badly to be apart of has FUBAR’d this country over and over again is just too simple to accept, I suppose. Some people need a Commie conspiracy as badly as Alex Jones needs to believe in the New World Order. The former is simply more respectable than the latter despite the latter conspiracy theory arguably having more evidence — Bildeberg really does get pushed off the front pages, etc.

    Comment by Mr. X — March 7, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

  14. [sic] for SWP’s new (privatized) Cointelpro buddy Quills, it’s just unacceptable to admit people ranging from Occupiers to Tea Partyers are so disgusted with the status quo across the board. There must be a huge Commie subversion operation going on indeed to connect the dots between every goldbug and every critic of American foreign policy.

    The fact that the Establishment SWP worships and wants so badly to be apart of has FUBAR’d this country over and over again while crusading all over the world is just too simple to accept, I suppose. Some people need a Commie conspiracy as badly as Alex Jones needs to believe in the New World Order. The former is simply more respectable than the latter despite the latter conspiracy theory arguably having more evidence — Bildeberg really does get pushed off the front pages, etc.

    “Before too long, it just becomes pathetic.” Hero worship of Putin is less pathetic than craven shilling for a National Security State crackdown on dissent while pretending to be a libertarian.

    Comment by Mr. X — March 7, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  15. X-if you think I’m just fine with the status quo you are a bigger idiot than I thought, as staggering as that concept is to contemplate. And glad you monitor this irrelevant site continuously, right down to the comments.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — March 7, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

  16. And who died and decided SWP has the right to say that he’s a legitimate critic of the System, while Zerohedge is ‘nihilist’. I say ignoring the suppression of rights and setting of legal precedents for the arbitrary arrest and murder of one’s fellow citizens while obsessing over the affairs of another sovereign nation is pretty damn nihilistic. As the Good Book that I get the sense SWP doesn’t believe in says, the man who abandons his own family is worse than an unbeliever. How much more for the man that abandons his country to crusade on behalf of people who don’t particularly want his help or lecturing in another nation?

    Comment by Mr. X — March 7, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

  17. And it’s not what you spew on your (admittedly) irrelevant site (which gets approximately 10,000 times fewer hits than Zerohedge) that concerns me. It’s this spider’s web of pro-Establishment and pro-Colored Revolution figures that spin around, ranging from your State Dept. buddy to the anonymous Quills (who’s probably a security contractor) who concern me, for what they mean for the future of this country and dissenters they want to silence or marginalize within it.

    Comment by Mr. X — March 7, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

  18. Good God Mr.X, you do have a rather disturbing fixation with Vladimir, what else are we supposed to think? And I was using the term “fag” as:
    fag 1 (fg)
    a. A student at a British public school who is required to perform menial tasks for a student in a higher class.
    b. A drudge.

    Of course, given your obviously poor education and understanding of pretty much everything I am not surprised you effed up so badly again, but never mind.

    BTW, it is Tskhinvali, I know you are retarded, racist, and a general fag for any of the worlds current dictators, but learn some history.

    The name of Tskhinvali is derived from the Georgian Krtskhinvali (Georgian: ქრცხინვალი), literally meaning “the land of hornbeams”

    And BTW, what is wrong with the coloured revolutions, after all they were and are composed of people opposed to oppressive non democratic governments.

    Your opposition to the Georgians, Ukrainians, Latvians, Moldovans etc wanting to run their countries themselves without Russian interference, occupation, ethnic cleansing, and mass murder, is well noted and documented here.

    You are vermin Mr.X, pure and simple.

    As the song goes:

    Comment by Andrew — March 8, 2012 @ 3:24 am

  19. BTW X, who died and gave you the right to state SWP is not a legitimate critic of the system.

    I suspect you are a basement dwelling failure like the dicks from Anonymous.

    As for quoting the Bible, I doubt you believe in it either.

    Your support for communists and fascists like Putin, Assad, and their ilk goes against its teachings.

    Comment by Andrew — March 8, 2012 @ 3:37 am

  20. Andy Dzhugashvili,

    How do you feel living in a country with Europe’s highest incarceration rate?

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — March 8, 2012 @ 5:05 am

  21. Not to mention its dumbest one?

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — March 8, 2012 @ 5:06 am

  22. Not really Mr.X, Georgia rates higher than Russia in education according to the UNDP development index.

    HDI Tot .733
    Health .848
    Education .839
    Income .554

    HDI Tot .755
    Health .770
    Education .784
    Income .713

    So, Georgia rates higher than Russia in health and education.

    That would make Russians “dumber” than Georgians wouldn’t it now….

    Comment by Andrew — March 8, 2012 @ 6:37 am

  23. Andrew – It is useless to argue whit polonium democrats like Sublim Berkley boy and Christians like Putin and KONY –
    The RUSSIAN Lord’s Resistance Army is a sect of morons

    PUTIN 2012

    Comment by Anders — March 8, 2012 @ 8:52 am

  24. How do the little Berkley boy feel about being a child- soldier in your Lord’s Resistance Army ?

    Comment by Anders — March 8, 2012 @ 9:20 am

  25. The elections in Russia were free and fair!

    Comment by Anders — March 8, 2012 @ 10:05 am

  26. That would make Russians “dumber” than Georgians wouldn’t it now….

    So what you’re saying is that despite Georgians getting years of schooling, they STILL perform far worse than Russia in international standardized tests, in fact worse than any other post-Soviet republic except Kyrgyzstan? LOL!

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — March 8, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

  27. No metropolitan area in the world comes close to Berkely in degreed morons per capita.

    Comment by pahoben — March 8, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

  28. @Phaoben, in general I agree, with the possible exception of any major Russian city, but then Sublime Retardation is both Russian and at Berkely……

    Comment by Andrew — March 11, 2012 @ 1:45 am

  29. Good work, Prof. I still think there’s something more than meets the eye with all this, the Stratfor thing felt contrived. And maybe it was a honey pot as you imply to get Assange to bite because he thought he’d find the indictment.

    I wonder if there’s any way Sabu is playing the feds on this, he did turn awfully quick.

    Comment by Catherine Fitzpatrick — March 11, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

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