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Anonymous – a threat to society and peace September 2, 2008

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Anonymous is a convenient facade for criminal activity on the Internet and in the real world. Behind that facade are people, some of whom literally, not just figuratively, hide behind masks as they vent their basest impulses while rationalizing that their anonymity frees them from responsibility for their acts.

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Man Receives 6 Months In Jail and House Arrest For Fake Bomb Threats On 4chan June 16, 2008

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Tom’s Guide, 16 June 2008

Jake J. Brahm, a 22 year old grocery store clerk from Wisconsin has been sentenced to six months in jail and a further six months of house arrest following several bomb threats he posted on the internet 2 years ago.

Brahm posted the threats on 4chan 40 times in September and October of 2006. He said that on Oct. 22, 2006, seven “dirty” explosive devices would be detonated during NFL games at stadiums in Miami, Atlanta, Seattle, Houston, Oakland, Cleveland and New York City.

The young man detailed that trucks would deliver the bombs and that thousands would die as a result of the blasts. He also claimed Osama Bin Laden would refer to it as “America’s Hiroshima”.

“the death toll will approach 100,000 from the initial blasts and countless other fatalities will later occur as result from radioactive fallout.”

The threats Brahm had posted on 4chan quickly made their way around the web and caused a great deal of concern during the period of time when they were believed to be genuine. A warrant for Brahm’s arrest was issued in October and he turned himself in on the 20th of that month, just two days before the day the bombs were supposed to be detonated.

Despite the fact that Brahm had turned himself in before the date the incident was supposed to occur, significant amounts of money had already been spent on increased security at the stadiums in question. U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares ordered Brahm to pay restitution totaling $26,750, an amount which represents $18,000 to the Cleveland Browns and $8,750 to the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates Giants Stadium in East Rutherford (the target of the New York attack). The fine is to cover the cost of expanded public- and privately-funded security, including sniffing dogs, extra cops and extra stadium security.

Jake Brahm was indicted on the 28th of February 2008 for posting fake terrorist threats online however, there have been times when threats posted online have been carried out. In November of last year, an 18 year old high school student in Finland posted a video on YouTube YouTube detailing plans for a school shooting. Titled “Jokela High School Massacre”, the video showed images of the school and clips on the young man who committed the crime holding a semiautomatic weapon. Nine people were killed including the gunman himself.

Cyberterror@4chan.org: Jake Brahm sentenced to six months jail and restitution June 6, 2008

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Security Pro News, 6 June 2008

“4chan is a simple image-based bulletin board where anyone can post comments and share images. 4chan’s collaborative-community format is copied from one of the most popular forums in Japan, Futaba Channel,” reads the description of 4Chan. Twenty-two year old Jake Brahm claimed to be a little too immersed in the community when he posted threats against several NFL stadiums in 2006.

Fox News said Brahm pleaded guilty in February to willfully conveying false information that the stadiums would be attacked by terrorists with weapons of mass destruction and “radiological dispersal devices.”

Brahm claimed it was a joke, but the NFL wasn’t laughing at the notion of truck bombs leveling stadiums and leaving thousands dead on the ground.

Prosecutors also alleged Brahm celebrated when police arrived to arrest him, and that he bragged about the stadium threats being picked up in the mainstream media.

At the time of Brahm’s arrest, an FBI agent in the Milwaukee office said Brahm believed there was no way anyone would believe this was anything other than a hoax, Fox News said in October 2006.

“As I understand it, Mr. Brahm had put out this threat thinking it was so preposterous that no one would take it seriously,” the FBI’s Richard Ruminski said in the report. “Unfortunately, he was wrong.”