Journalist Barrett Brown Agrees to Plea Deal Which Includes New Charge Stemming from Stratfor Hack

By: Thursday April 3, 2014 4:33 pm

There has been no acknowledgment by his attorney who is under a gag order, but journalist and writer Barrett Brown, who has been jailed for over a year and a half, has reportedly agreed to the terms of a plea deal. Brown has been awaiting trial this month and in May for charges that included [...]

‘Manhunting Timeline’ Further Suggests US Pressured Countries to Prosecute WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief

By: Tuesday February 18, 2014 11:04 am

An entry in something the government calls a “Manhunting Timeline” suggests that the United States pressured officials of countries around the world to prosecute WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, in 2010. The file—marked unclassified, revealed by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and published by The Intercept—is dated August 2010. Under the headline, “United States, Australia, [...]

Jeremy Hammond & the Need to ‘Promote Respect for the Rule of Law’

By: Friday November 15, 2013 7:44 pm

As she was sentencing activist Jeremy Hammond to ten years in prison and three years of supervisory release for his involvement in hacking into the private intelligence firm Stratfor and various local, state and federal government websites, Federal District Court Judge Loretta Preska declared from her bench that there was a need to “promote respect for the [...]

Federal Grand Jury Indicts 13 Members of Anonymous for Allegedly Engaging in ‘Worldwide Conspiracy’

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 9:56 pm

A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia has indicted thirteen members of the hacktivist group, Anonymous, for their alleged participation in a “worldwide conspiracy” that involved “cyber attacks,” including “attacks” on companies that would not process donation to the media organization, WikiLeaks. The indictment charges them with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by [...]

Judge’s Gag Order Cuts Off Press From Receiving Reports on Barrett Brown’s Case

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 5:38 pm

A district court judge in Dallas, Texas, has issued an order prohibiting journalist and activist Barrett Brown and his defense team from discussing the case with the media. Brown faces multiple charges including one count of internet threats, one count of conspiracy to make publicly available restricted personal information of an employee of the United [...]

US Attorney Who Prosecuted FBI Informant & Hacker ‘Sabu’ Indicts Reuters Employee for Conspiracy Charge

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 8:27 pm

The Justice Department indicted Matthew Keys, the deputy social media editor for Reuters.com, for allegedly conspiring with members of Anonymous and giving them login information so they could “hack into and alter” the Los Angeles Times‘ website. The indictment should raise suspicion, however, because Hector Xavier Monsegur or ”Sabu,” who the FBI flipped and used to catch and, to [...]

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Anonymous’ by Desaparecidos

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 9:29 am

To recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in keeping dissent alive and how musicians translate social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter has launched a daily feature that highlights a protest song every weekday. The band’s name, Desaparecidos, is Spanish and translates into “disappeared ones.” It refers to leftists arrested [...]

Anonymous Releases Sixty Hours of NYPD Footage from Occupy Wall Street Raid

By: Monday September 24, 2012 5:33 pm

Members of the hacktivist group Anonymous have released sixty hours of footage of the raid by the New York Police Department against Occupy Wall Street on November 15, 2011. The footage posted is from the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Research Unit (TARU), a surveillance unit that is regularly present at political demonstrations to film police actions. [...]

WikiLeaks Site Operational After Major Week-Long Cyber Attack

By: Monday August 13, 2012 7:08 pm

(photo: DonkeyHotey) WikiLeaks has announced that its website is now operational again after “installing substantial extra capacity” and additional support through CloudFlare, a website security service capable of blocking threats and limiting “abusive bots and crawlers” from wasting “bandwidth and server resources.” The media organization described how much difficulty they were having overcoming the attack on [...]

Homeland Security Department Records Reveal Details on Role in Crackdown on Occupy Protests

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 1:29 pm

The independent news website Truthout obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Occupy Wall Street. They were requested by the website’s investigative reporter Jason Leopold. The news outlet was the first to request the records. The request was made in October of last year. [...]

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