Same old, same old….

Still boring, still in search to get a life: Anonymous.

Gene Simmons Hacker Arrested

kevinpoemugKevin George Poe- member of hacker collective Anonymous- was arrested for shutting down Simmons website

Notorious hacking collective, Anonymous, has been linked to major attacks on websites including Playstation, Mastercard, Visa, and the Church of Scientology. On Tuesday, one of the group’s members, Kevin George Poe, was arrested in Connecticut for hacking into GeneSimmons.com, the KISS frontman’s website.

According to Reuters, a court date has not yet been scheduled, but Poe has been accused of using a computer program that bombarded Simmons’ website for five straight days in October 2010. The site was attacked with tens of thousands of requests in a denial of service attack.

Poe has been charged with conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. If convicted, he could serve up to 15 years in jail.

For those of you unfamiliar with a “denial of service” attack, essentially the software is designed to send a large number of requests to the sites network. The server becomes overwhelmed with the requests and shuts down. This method is apparently a favourite of the Anonymous collective.

It is unknown why Simmons website was chosen to attack by Poe.

Source: Shalom Life (http://us.shalomlife.com/culture/16343/gene-simmons-hacker-arrested/)

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Anonymous: When Crime Has A Face

What’s truly sad about Anonymous is that they have the tools and man-power to do some good in the world, but all they do is destroy decent people or wrong targets. And what’s even worse, now they tie up already overworked human rights organizations to watch over the human rights of 32 Anonymous members rotting in Turkish prisons. You are a waste of good people’s time, Anonymous.

IBT, 13 June 2011

Cyber security: Turkish authorities detain 32 suspected Anonymous members

With Spanish police having just arrested three suspected members of the loose-knit hacking collective Anonymous last week, Turkish authorities have reportedly detained a further 32 suspected members of the Anonymous group. (website)

More background:

2010 Human Rights Report: Turkey

“Prison conditions improved but remained poor, with overcrowding and insufficient staff training.”  (US State Department report)

Ouch…

Normally I am not fond of celeb media… mostly anyway… but this one is kinda funny, and he’s not really a celeb anyway:

Jason Beghe with pet

Jason Beghe, with pet

‘X-Men’ Star Suspect in Weed Wacking Assault

Jason Beghe — one of the stars of “X-Men: First Class” and a veteran actor — is under criminal investigation for allegedly attacking a man who was wacking weeds on his property, TMZ has learned. According to the incident report, Daniel Montalvo was using a weed wacker on Beghe’s Malibu property last week when the device malfunctioned.  Cops tell us … a frustrated Montalvo “mistreated the device.”  That pissed off Beghe, who then got into a loud confrontation with Montalvo which became physical. …

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2011/06/01/x-men-first-class-star-accused-of-weed-wacking-crime-jason-beghe-daniel-montalvo-process-server-assualt-confrontation/

Older source: http://www.tmz.com/2009/07/14/that-guy-busted-for-popping-process-server/

Case number, anyone?

Anonymous: A bunch of liars and cowards hiding behind fake identities

More than two years ago I wrote a couple of posts about Anonymous. I re-read it today. It is as trues as ever. Except that more Anonymous members are in jail now, for various crimes, and that the world at large learned about their criminal tactics.

Here we go:

Scientology members have to defend themselves against Anonymous harassment

Law enforcement’s successes against Anonymous trigger off a strange propaganda machine.

by Louanne Lee
Friday, October 31, 2008

News had it less than two weeks ago that Anonymous member Dmitryi Guzner agreed to charges of computer sabotage and attacks on the Church of Scientology websites as well as to pay $37,500 in restitution.

(Ref: US Department of Justice statement 18 Oct 08plea agreement)

This was a starting point of a series of legal losses for Anonymous and following irate reactions of their propagandists. On Guzner, the Anonymous propaganda machine reacted with a press release issued the same day and stating that Scientology would not support same-sex marriage, an issue the Church of Scientology is not caring about much due to its lack of spiritual background.

(Ref: “Scientology Cult Supports California Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment”, 18 Oct 2008Article about Scientology and gays)

Gregg Housh

The next in this series of bad news for Anonymous was Gregg Housh. Housh admitted at the Boston Municipal Court that there is enough evidence to warrant a finding of guilt that he was disturbing the peace and religious services of the Church of Scientology in Boston. Housh had been leading a group of people, all masked with “V for Vendetta” masks (somewhat resembling the appearance of the KKK, as a Boston citizen would put it later) at an “international protest” of Anonymous in Boston.

(Ref: The Phoenix 24 Oct 08Statement of the State Attorney 22 Oct 08, The Phoenix 29 Oct 08)

To be more precise, the Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Devlin, read out the charges as follows:

“Docket # 0086676. Date of offense: February 10th, 2008. On this date the defendant, Gregg Housh, willfully disturbed and interrupted religious worship taking place inside the Church of Scientology located at that location. He also caused disturbance of the peace with the same conduct.”

To which Housh says:

JUDGE: Alright, a few moments ago sir the Assistant DA, Mr. Devlin, recited the facts of the case. Did you hear what he said the facts were?
HOUSH: Yes.
JUDGE: Do you admit those facts as being true?
HOUSH: Yes.
JUDGE: You admit to sufficient facts willingly, freely and voluntarily?
HOUSH: Yes.

To circumvent a sentence of up to one year of jail he agreed with a 12-month probation ending 21 Oct 2009. The court clerk information Housh at the end of the hearing that he “Please see probation, sir, before you leave the courthouse today.”.

(Ref: Court Room 18, recording of public hearing, 22 Oct 08, 11:35am-11:42am)

A disaster for the Anonymous, whose propagandists struggle to keep their personal army going. On 23 October 2008 several new online identities are born to start a justification spree on the internet, trying to explain that Anonymous should celebrate now that “the Judge was effectively dismissing the charges” against Housh – an obvious lie spread to keep the troop moral up. In the case of Mr. Guzner they explain to the technically illiterate why it is not harmful to try to destroy computers one does not own, a claim that might be apparent only to those who do not own a computer or website.

(Ref: DDos Hacker chargedDDoS Hacking justificationAnonymous Press release on Housh)

Donald Myers

The Anonymous propaganda machine however was speechless on the third of last weeks’ Anonymous bad news, Donald Myers. Mr. Myers, also known as “Angry Gay Pope”, was given a restraining order that requires him to stay at least 50 yards away from a female Scientologist he stalked and harassed. The order also requires Myers to stay away from the L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition at the Church of Scientology International building in Hollywood where the victim works, and stay 50 yards away from the woman’s home. The restraining order lasts for 3 years unless renewed.

(Ref: Restraining Order, 24 October 2008)

Myers was found to have engaged in acts of harassment against the young woman, after video evidence was submitted to the court showing Myers stalking her, taunting her with sexual slurs, and refusing repeated requests to leave her alone. Myers was also ordered by the court to turn over any firearms in his possession to the police.

(Ref: Statement on Myers case, 27 October 2008)

Francois

Bad news accumulated further when Francois, known as “AnonOrange” (like “Agent Orange”), was arrested on 26 October 2008 for trespassing. He and three other Anonymous members had gathered for another “international protest” when he stepped inside the Church grounds and refused to leave. He was arrested and later “hauled off to jail” (per “AnonforPres” on Youtube).

The case is open to a lot of speculation, as it is not sure what he wanted to achieve. It can be safely assumed however that he is trying to create an incident for the Anonymous propaganda department to exploit.

(Ref: Youtube video of “protest”)

October is almost over. We can be curious what November brings for “Anonymous”. Remember remember, the 5th of November, the rhyme going along with Guy Fawkes day – whose face is depicted on the masks of Anonymous members – is used by Anonymous members who use paid promotion since weeks on internal Anonymous boards to spread that on 5th November 2008 “at midnight London time” a severe virus will be spread to “systematically dismantle the Church of Scientology”.

Well, be shall be curious.

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Anonymous vs Scientology: What is trolling?

Anonymous traces back to 2004 as a group of computer gamers and aspiring hackers, harassing other computer users. A key activity of Anonymous members online is called “trolling”.

by Louanne Lee
Thursday, September 11, 2008

Anonymous traces back to 2004 as a group of computer gamers and aspiring hackers, harassing other computer users. A key activity of Anonymous members online is called “trolling”.

“Trolling”, as their dictionary at urbandictionary.com calls it is “the act of purposefully antagonizing other people on the internet, generally on message boards.” – or, one might add, on places like nolanchart.com. Anonymous trolls are proud if they get someone to get excited or upset about some provocation they spread.

A reporter of the New York Times managed recently to track down and interview some “trolls” which gives more insight in how trolling works. In the article, very much worth reading, one of the interviewees, a person calling himself “Weev” is described as “part of a growing Internet subculture with a fluid morality and a disdain for pretty much everyone else online”. Weev engages like many other Anonymous in trolling which he defines as giving him “lulz”. Another word of the inner circles of Anonymous, “lulz” means “the joy of disrupting another’s emotional equilibrium. Lulz is watching someone lose their mind at their computer 2,000 miles away while you chat with friends and laugh”.

Many anonymous postings and “articles” in the current controversy about Scientology – even the “war on Scientology” – are done “for the lulz”. So it does not surprise that most contributions from anonymous writers seem to only have in mind to upset the reader, in this case a member of the Church of Scientology. With this I leave nolanchart.com. Places that can be abused so easily for “trolling’ and far more harmful personal attacks and slander should not be gratified with traffic and ad revenue.

Sources:
Encyclopedia Dramatica
Urban Dictionary
and the New York Times (notice the Anonymous mask in the background):
The Trolls Among Us

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Charges against Anonymous member for anti-Scientology crimes

A New Jersey man was charged today for his role in attacks on Scientology computers

by Louanne Lee
Saturday, October 18, 2008

International news tells us today that one Anonymous member with the name Dmitriy Guzner was charged with trying to bring down the servers of the Church of Scientology back in January 2008. The US State Attorney celebrates this rare occasion – that they get one of these guys – in its own press release:

“Dmitriy Guzner, 18, of Verona, New Jersey, has agreed to plead guilty to computer hacking for his role in the distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack against the Scientology websites. A DDOS attack occurs where a large amount of malicious Internet traffic is directed at a website or a set of websites. The target websites are unable to handle the high volume of Internet traffic and therefore become unavailable to legitimate users trying to reach the sites.

According to the criminal information filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Guzner participated in the attack because he considered himself a member of an underground group called “Anonymous.” “Anonymous” has led protests against the Church of Scientology at various locations across the country, and in January 2008 posted a video on YouTube which announced a new offensive against Scientology.”

Wired Magazine additionally knows that “Dmitriy Guzner … faces a likely sentence of 12 to 18 months in prison based on stipulations in his plea agreement, which also obliges him to pay $37,500 in restitution.”

Unconfirmed but stated by The Smoking Gun is that Scientology claimed a damage of around $70,000 causes by the January 2008 DDOS attacks. Who will pay the other half?

Resources:
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/cac/pressroom/pr2008/140.html http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/10/anonymous-membe.html
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/1017081guzner1.html

This guy rocks!

I like free music too, but “free” and “stolen” are just not the same…

From: Fox News

Gene Simmons may want to “rock and roll all night” — but if he keeps fighting with 4chan, his websites won’t last that long.

The famed KISS frontman refuses to back down in a feud with the notoriously nasty online community 4chan, after his websites GeneSimmons.com and SimmonsRecords.com fell victim to fresh hacker attacks.

“Some of you may have heard of a few popcorn farts re: our sites being threatened by hackers,” wrote Simmons on his website.

Simmons brushed off the attacks while firing off a stern warning to the online vigilantes. “Our legal team and the FBI have been on the case and we have found a few, shall we say ‘adventurous’ young people, who feel they are above the law.” …

ANONYMOUS HATE GROUP MEMBER SENTENCED IN CRIME AGAINST NEW YORK SCIENTOLOGY CHURCH

Another member of the hate group Anonymous, Jacob Speregen,  was sentenced today in New York City Criminal Court in connection with a January 8, 2009, attack on the Church of Scientology of New York. (People vs. Almahadin, Mahoud; Criminal Docket 2009NY007516).

In 2009, Speregen accompanied another member of Anonymous, Mahmoud Almahadin, who  smeared himself with Vaseline and assorted detritus, ran into the New York Church just off Times Square and desecrated the Church, including causing damage to Scriptural materials. Speregen videoed the attack as a co-conspirator with Almahadin and other Anonymous members.  Speregen’s sentence forbids him from going near the Church of Scientology for five years. He was also sentenced to pay the damages caused by his acts and to perform substantial community service as further restitution for the crime.

Church of Scientology attorney Kendrick Moxon said, “This decision by the Court sends a strong message to Anonymous—and any hate group—that their actions will not be tolerated and that the right to practice one’s religion will be protected..”

“Anonymous” is a loosely connected hate group targeting Scientologists, Jews and other minority racial and ethnic groups and organizations. Mahmoud Almahadin was sentenced earlier this year.

The conviction follows the sentencing of two men on separate felony convictions for their part in a cyber attack against Church of Scientology websites in January 2008, also carried out by Anonymous members.  (Read on here)

Check out 11:30!

Says Mediabistro this morning:

Scientologists Distribute Anti-Cooper Magazine Outside CNN

cooper_lies_7-12.jpgAnderson Cooper has really done it now.

The Church of Scientology has gotten aggressive with its campaign in the wake of Cooper’s week-long “Scientology: A History of Violence,” which aired at the end of March. While that was some time ago, a few months is apparently the amount of time it takes to create the very unusual 95-page glossy publication Freedom magazine handed out on the street Monday morning in front of the CNN offices in Manhattan. The majority of it’s content has been posted online here for a little while now.

Freedom, “published by the Church of Scientology since 1968,” devotes the entire issue — and accompanying 30 minute DVD — to a attempted takedown of the CNN anchor, the “AC360” crew, and the interview subjects featured in the series. (Please do yourself a favor and check out Cooper’s “statement” at 11:30 in this incredible video.)

As noted in their video, the Church of Scientology now owns its own printing facilities to manufacture publications like these. And Cooper is not the only journalist to be targeted by the group. In 2009, Freedom went “inside the St. Petersburg Times” and in 2007 “exposed” the BBC program “Panorama.”

Interesting too: A Brief Chronology Of Monumental Disasters

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