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Police in the UK have arrested a 22-year-old county Cleveland man in their investigation into web attacks waged by the Anonymous hacking collective against companies accused of retaliating against WikiLeaks, The Telegraph reports. The unnamed suspect was questioned by specialist computer-crime detectives at a local police …

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Coat

You know...

...I don't know who this 'Man' guy is, but he sure gets himself into a lot of trouble.

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Cybercrime?

Cleveland police can waste time on something like this where the person caused little damage yet they can't catch the bastard who nicked my bike!

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Anonymous Coward

Anonymous arrest

There were a lot of groups and people launching the same type of attacks on Wikileaks. How many of THEM got arrested?

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Stop

RE: Anonymous arrest

I'm going to hazard a guess here but I'm thinking your righteous zeal meant you overlooked the fact that the people attacking Wikileaks seem to have not been as stupid as the Anonyputzs. The Wiki stuffers seem to have hidden their IP addresses and not used tools names by a five-year old, making detection, capture and trial a might harder than the "look-at-me-I'm-so-morally-superior" morons useing LOIC.

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Re: Anonymous arrest

OK, I'll bite. Hey Mr Wikileaks we don't like what you do using your site, but we gonna protect it ennyhoo.

Oh, whilst we're cleaning your windscreen and changing your oil perhaps you could kick us in the nutz, kick us in the shins and stamp on our feet?

It's Okay, no problemo. We like it when you do that.

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The problem with Anonymous...

... is that its not exactly a collective as the media portrays it as. People want this to be a solid group with members and a hierarchy.

Incidents like this are created by people who are either bored or whipped into action due to a forum topic or shared interest. I can post now under the anonymous banner but I am not one of the people who perpetrated this.

People like labels I guess.

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Hierarchy

Yes, there's most certainly a Hierarchy. I've been hanging out on the irc.anonops.ru server for a couple months now, mostly trolling them to distract them from their attracts and causing arguments between them.

When it comes down to it, there's only a handful of people deciding the targets, releasing info to the press and such like. Yes there's some user voting, to a degree, but overall it comes down to these few people.

Then you have all the sheep who don't really know much about anything, they just know how to run the LOIC client. They get that bloated big head feeling, thinking they're doing something to stand up for free speech.

It always strikes me as ironic that they irc chans dredge on about free speech but then anyone who dares to question the legitimacy of an operation is instantly banned from the server.

I'm hoping that soon enough these top guys will be caught and we can forget this whole mess.

AC because I want to continue causing them problems.

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The more the marrier

The more of these criminals they prosecute the better. Send them all to prison.

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Re: The more the marrier

Payback is a biotch. It's a comin'.

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To whom are you referring -- WikiLeaks informants or Gov't thugs?

To whom are you referring?

WikiLeaks informants or the government thugs who treat democracy as a joke and something that doesn't apply to them?

For one of the few times in history, WikiLeaks has given us citizens a tool to pull wayward governments into line with. And when finely tuned, it will alter for the better our governance and will do so for the foreseeable future.

Of course, Kim Jong-il, Hitler, Stalin and the perpetrators who've been recently exposed would, I suspect, strongly disagree with the sentiments of the majority.

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RE: To whom are you referring -- WikiLeaks informants or Gov't thugs?

Sorry.... can't ..... type ..... laughing.... too .... hard!

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Cannon Fodder

Guaranteed this guy was one of the nameless many who after reading some of the news stories about Wikileaks and Assange thought it’d be a great idea to jump onto the band wagon. He downloaded the software and used it having no knowledge or thought about protecting himself. I would not be surprised that in the interview process he admitted having little or no knowledge of the software and how it worked or even what a DDOS attack actually entailed

Considering the Police did not do a major news release on the arrest indicating they had one of the organizers of the attacks, we can only assume the above. Assuming the above you must wonder why the police continue to waste resources on arresting the sacrificial lambs that so willingly joined the “movement” if for no other reason for the bragging rights with their mates

Don’t reply that he broke a law willingly and therefore must be penalised for his actions. The Police have discretionary powers in these matters. Though it appears more and more often they do not exercise them or exercise them in the wrong situations

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"waste resources on arresting the sacrificial lambs"

Well maybe the other sheep wont be so keen to follow the herd next time.

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The WHOLE point of cannon fodder is to have

morons for the cannons to shoot.. Gees, don't you know anything?!

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RE: Cannon Fodder

"Guaranteed this guy was one of the nameless many...." You saying that or hoping that?

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Actually, when you do a DDOS attack.

You do it with a botnet.

So now the plods on both sides of the Atlantic are going around picking up people who really thought that "Clean your computer now" message box was a good idea.

(It wasn't? Oh damn good thing I clicked on the red x and canceled the thing, eh?)

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re Actually, when you do a DDOS attack. #

"You do it with a botnet."

Usually , yeah

But if you've got a thousands strong flock of devoted morons you just use them.

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If you were stupid enough to click on the red X

they now own you too. The only way you have a chance of beating that strain of malware is the Task Mangler, and even that's only 50:50.

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Thousand strong? Maybe a month ago

During opSony, the hive has barely got over 50 users at a time! They struggled to hit any of Sonys sites. Thats why they changed focus to hit those 'associated' with Sony because they were generally smaller companies with weak servers.

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Any...

Darwin Awards candidates? Or not?

Best not to do illegal stuff like DDoS'ing websites and the such. Leave that for the experts rather.

So if a botnet DDoS some site, will the poor ignorant blighter whose PC got infected with a botnet trojan/worm be held responsible?

The wibbly wobbly web just got more dangerous...

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Nope. To be a DA candidate, you need to do something

spectacularly stupid. This was just run of the mill, boring, stupid. It's the difference between the guy trying to weld together two partially filled propane tanks and the guy who walks in front of the oncoming train.

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Re: Nope. To be a DA candidate, you need to do something

There is an award for these people, if they achieve something like detention at her madge's pleasure:

Bobo Award

The ultimate achievement in the Kook Arts. Given in recognition of the lifetime work of those who rise above and beyond the call of net.looniness, the Bobo is reserved for those whose sheer quest at whatever it is they're pursuing knows Absolutely No Bounds, whether they be global humiliation, jail time, even death. Several Bobo honorees are, in fact, in jail or deceased. Think of it as the Internet's version of the Darwin Award.

http://www.coloneljake.com/AUK/AAD/

Maybe we can start nominating when they are convicted. Julian Assange will be the big one, if he is pulled down for what he's been doing on line.

Please not the emphasis on net.looniness. The Sweden rape charge allegations do not qualify.

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Sad, lonely individual?

Does Mr Cleveland Man have a girlfriend I wonder….

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RE: Sad, lonely individual?

Probably several, all online and all actually other men pretending to be women!

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