“Battling Scientology” Follow-Up October 25, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking.
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Depending on whom you ask, Massachusetts-based protest organizer Gregg Housh had a major victory – or a significant loss – in Boston Municipal Court this Wednesday. As reported in The Phoenix this past week in the feature “Battling Scientology,” Housh faced charges of harassment, disturbing the peace, and disturbing religious worship for his involvement with the picket group Anonymous and his actions against the Boston Church of Scientology.
According to an Anonymous press statement that circulated earlier this afternoon: “On October 22nd Boston Municipal Court dismissed the charge of criminal harassment against ‘Anonymous’ anti-Scientology activist Gregg Housh, pending an order for the two parties to not approach each other.”
Boston Church of Scientology attorney Marc LaCasse was quick to comment that Housh did not get off so easily. “Gregg Housh – under oath – admitted that the [evidence presented against him] was true. The document he signed is called ‘admission to sufficient facts.’ If it doesn’t get any clearer than that…”
Legally speaking, charges against Housh were not technically dismissed. Instead he agreed to a Continuance without a Finding (CWOF), which the Massachusetts Criminal Defense Resource Page explains as: “Under Massachusetts Criminal Laws, agreeing to a Continuance without a Finding is not the same as pleading guilty. Technically, it is an admission that “there are sufficient facts to find you guilty” of the charges. Pleading to a CWOF will happen at a pre-trial conference as part of a plea agreement, if your attorney can get the prosecutor to agree.” (For more about the legal side see this article from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly).
The good news is that all parties seem to be happy with the outcome. At least for now, it appears that Housh – who was placed on one year probation and who faces one year in prison if he enters within 100 yards of the Boston Church of Scientology on Beacon Street – avoided what promised to be a lengthy trial. On the other side, LaCasse says the outcome works for him: “My client simply wanted to be left alone.”
SCIENTOLOGY PROTESTER’S CASE CONTINUED WITHOUT FINDING October 23, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking.
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A Boston Municipal Court judge today continued for one year the case against a Woburn man alleged to have disturbed proceedings at the Back Bay Church of Scientology earlier this year, and will dismiss the case if the defendant abides by certain conditions during that time.
Judge Thomas C. Horgan imposed a one-year continuance without a finding in the case against GREGG HOUSH (D.O.B. 10/17/76), who had been charged with disturbing an assembly of worship and disturbing the peace. If Housh stays away from the Back Bay headquarters of the Church of Scientology and its expected new headquarters in Boston’s South End, and if he does not re-offend in any other manner, those charges will be dismissed. If he does not abide by those terms, Housh’s case could be put back on track for trial.
Also in today’s proceedings, Suffolk prosecutors affirmatively moved to dismiss an additional charge of criminal harassment against Housh. After a review of the evidence, prosecutors determined they could not meet their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt on this charge and could not in good faith move forward with it. Had the case gone to trial, prosecutors would have introduced evidence and testimony to show that Housh and others entered the Church of Scientology’s Beacon Street building in a boisterous manner during a March 1 protest, disturbing the proceedings and alarming those inside. Attorney Michael Dlott represented Housh.
Teen admits to Scientology attack October 23, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking.
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A teenager hacker has admitted carrying out a cyber attack that crashed Church of Scientology Web sites as part of a campaign by a mysterious underground group.
According to a report on the News24 site, Dmitriy Guzner, of New Jersey, will plead guilty to computer hacking for his role in launching a distributed denial of service attack against Scientology sites earlier this year, the Justice Department said. According to information filed in Federal Court in Los Angeles, Guzner described himself as a member of a shadowy Internet-based group known as ‘Anonymous’ that has carried out a series of protests against Scientology.
Indian IT worker arrested for email threats to president October 20, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in cybercrime.
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A software professional working at Indian outsourcer Infosys Technologies was arrested by the police in Chennai in south India after he was found to have sent threatening email messages to the country’s President, Pratibha Patil. J. Sriram, a 24-year-old engineering graduate working as a programmer at Infosys’ operation in Chennai, told police that he was generally dissatisfied with the political situation in the country, M. Sudhakar, Assistant Commissioner of Police of Chennai’s Cyber Crime Cell said on Friday.
Sriram said that for all the political problems in the country, the politicians were responsible, Sudhakar said.
About 16 email messages that he sent to the President on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 were more than expressions of disaffection with the political system in the country, and had very threatening content, Sudhakar said.
On a tip from the police in Delhi, who tracked down the IP (Internet Protocol) address from which the email messages were sent, Sriram was arrested and charged on a number of counts, including intimidation and use of obscene language.
NEW JERSEY MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY WEBSITES IN THE NAME OF ‘ANONYMOUS’ October 18, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cyberterrorism, Hacking, scientology.
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United States Attorney’s Office
Central District of California
Public Affairs Officer
October 17, 2008
NEW JERSEY MAN CHARGED WITH ATTACKING CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY WEBSITES IN THE NAME OF ‘ANONYMOUS’
LOS ANGELES – A New Jersey man was charged today for his role in an attack on Church of Scientology websites in January 2008 that rendered the websites unavailable.
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.
Once he pleads guilty, which is expected to take place in the coming weeks in federal court in New Jersey, Guzner faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force in Los Angeles. The agencies involved in the investigation were the United States Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation.
Release No. 08-140 – original here: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/cac/pressroom/pr2008/140.html
‘Anonymous’ Member Unmasked, Charged With Web Attack on Scientology October 18, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking.
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An 18-year-old New Jersey man agreed to plead guilty to federal computer hacking charges Friday for participating in a denial-of-service attack against Church of Scientology websites, as part of collective of online troublemakers known as “Anonymous.”
Dmitriy Guzner is charged with a single felony count of unauthorized impairment of a protected computer for the January distributed denial-of-service attack. He 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. (more)
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On October 30, 2007, two students, Jeremie Dalin, 17 and Dennis Oh, 17, posted a threat against Stevenson High School on the 4chan website. Oh made a screenshot or photograph of the threat and then created a web page dedicated to the threat. The FBI traced the message, Dalin’s home address, when contacted by the authorities he claimed it was a bad joke and did not intend on harming anyone. The threat caused approximately 500 students to miss a school day, which happened to be Halloween. Dalin was due back in court in February.
In an article published in the Daily Herald on June 12, 2008, Jeremie Dalin was convicted “for falsely making a terrorist threat” and faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced in mid-July.
Lawyer: 2nd teenager may be linked to MySpace hoax October 16, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in Anonymous, cybercrime, myspace.
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The teenager who committed suicide after an Internet hoax was not the only girl exchanging messages with a fake MySpace address allegedly operated by a woman now charged in the girl’s death, the woman’s lawyer said.
Attorney Dean Steward filed a request in federal court for the phone records of a second teenage girl identified by the initials “S.D.”
His client, Lori Drew, of O’Fallon, Mo., is accused of helping to create a false-identity account on the social networking site, posing as a teenage boy and befriending her 13-year-old neighbor, Megan Meier.
Prosecutors say Megan hanged herself in 2006 after receiving messages from Drew on the fake account saying the world would be better off without her. Megan was being treated for attention deficit disorder and depression.
In his motion, Steward seeks the phone records to prove that prosecutors mistakenly linked Megan to a message that S.D. actually sent to the fake account.
Prosecutors have said the message _ listed in the Drew indictment as “Overt Act 9” _ was sent by Megan because she was induced by Drew to flirt with the fictitious boy.
Steward criticized the government for poor research and said S.D.’s e-mail address was on the message.
Tennessee College Students Indicted In Palin Hacking October 11, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking.
Washington (ECN) – 20-year old David Kernell has been indicted for hacking into the e-mail account of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The U.S. Justice Department announced on Wednesday that the 20-year old has been indicted, and has since turned himself into authorities.
He is now set to appear before a U.S. judge, where he faces a $250,000 fine, as well as 5 years in prison if convicted.
The indictment states that Kernell hacked into the e-mail account of Palin back on September 16th.
He used the password reset feature to gain access to the Yahoo e-mail account.
He then posted some of the contents of the account, along with the password on an online message board.
The information was published on the site 4chan.org, according to the indictment.
The 20-year old is the son of Democratic state legislator Mike Kernell, and went by the online name rubico.
Gov. Palin’s Alleged Hacker Indicted October 8, 2008Posted by cyberpatrol in 4chan.org, Anonymous, cybercrime, Hacking.
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A 20-year-old student at the University of Tennessee has been indicted for breaking into one of the email accounts of Gov. Sarah Palin and then posting screenshots of personal information obtained there to a public Web-site.
David Kernell, the son of a Democratic state lawmaker, was led into a Knoxville federal court wearing handcuffs and shackles on his ankles today and was released without posting bond, according to the Associated Press.
According to the indictment, Kernell broke into the account, email@example.com, by using Yahoo’s password recovery tool. After researching and correctly answering a series of personal questions from Yahoo, Kernell was allowed to reset the password. He chose ‘popcorn,’ according to the indictment.
The personal information he discovered there included the email addresses of family members, pictures of family members and Gov. Palin’s address book for her Yahoo email account. It was posted on http://www.4CHAN.org.
Learning of an investigation, Kernell “removed, altered, concealed and covered up files on his laptop computer,” the indictment says.
Trial is set for Dec. 16. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.