if he really did use stolen credit card info then fuck him, I've had that done to me before more than once and no amount of hiding behind political activism will change my view of him.
However, these guys have done some real good. They have shouted loudest in a democracy where the public are consistently ignored. They found a way to get noticed and popped up on the radars of some of the highest ranking people in the world.
They made things like SQL injection a household name and while the thousands of hackers out there who were silently accessing out data and selling it in russia and china (and india according to my bank) these guys shouted and bragged about it and explained how they gained access.
The internet will be better hardened to ddos and companies that hold our data should all now be taking better care of it, since we cant stop them collecting it in the first place.
The ridiculous dependence on only perimeter security and having vulnerable passwords on the inside should be less common as a result of the publicity that this lot have gained.
It's swings and roundabouts. They are not all bad, the taking down of that CP site in tor web was a case in point.
The thing that struck me most about this article is that the authorities encouraged [forced] further dishonesty by creating an informant. I know that this is not uncommon but it seems to me to be quite dishonourable for a state to encourage people to inform on one another. I'd say that is the most serious thing i read here. We're not talking about terrorists or people traffickers, we're talking about childish protesters.
Seems to me that the biggest mistake Sabu made was not forgetting to use tor once, it was using his home IP for all of his attacks. If i were doing the things he did (which i would not) then i''d change my mac address and hop onto a nearby wireless network. If it was ever traced back to the compromised wireless network then after a brief period of inconvenience if would become apparent that Mrs Brady the old lady is not the haxor.