Maryville Sheriff: Anonymous Members Should "Get Jobs"

Sarah Hedgecock · 10/16/13 03:47PM

After news coverage of a rape case in the small town of Maryville, Mo., exploded last weekend, the town's sheriff—strongly condemned by the family of 14-year-old Daisy Coleman, who says she was raped by the town's star football player—has come forward to deny allegations of a mishandled case.

Lacey Donohue · 10/15/13 09:21PM

Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder released a statement late Tuesday calling for a grand jury in the Daisy Coleman case. Kinder believes the “appalling facts in the public record shock the conscience and cry out that responsible authorities must take another look.”

Steubenville Hacker Checks Into Rehab for Alcohol Abuse After ER Visit

Adrian Chen · 09/09/13 01:28PM

Deric Lostutter, the 26-year-old Kentucky rapper who spearheaded Anonymous' campaign to bring attention to the Steubenville rape case, hasn't had an easy time since he was raided by the FBI and came out as the hacktivist KYAnonymous. His longtime girlfriend dumped him this summer, and he was fired from a job at Amazon after they learned of his Anonymous hacktivism. Now, he reveals he's been battling with alcoholism, entering rehab this weekend after a harrowing visit to the ER.

A University Food-Services Site Was Hacked on Behalf of Hungry Juggalos

Camille Dodero · 08/28/13 02:10PM

Yesterday, when the Syrian Electronic Army hacked the New York Times, it was a development of great importance. Over the weekend, when a university hospitality web site was hacked in defense of hungry Canadian Juggalos, the hack was of very little significance. But it was still pretty funny.

Stand by Your Troll: Rallying For Barrett Brown Over Wine and Cheese

Adrian Chen · 08/21/13 03:32PM

When brought together in real life, people who interact mostly online spend a lot of time glancing sideways, trying to recognize each other from blurry Twitter avatars and Instagram photos. About 80 of those people gathered on Monday night at a fundraiser in midtown Manhattan for Barrett Brown and Jeremy Hammond, two imprisoned Anonymous hacktivists, and I felt the gaze long before I got the tweet. "@adrianchen IRL… LOL," tweeted @an0nyc, an Anonymous twitter account with over 20,000 followers the proprietor of which, I assumed, was looking at me at that moment.

Adrian Chen · 06/20/13 10:51AM

The Korean branch of the hacktivist outfit Anonymous (yeah it exists) claims to have stolen some secret missile documents from North Korea. They'll be releasing them on June 25th. Take this with a grain of salt as big as Kim Jong Un's new $7 million yacht.

“Weaponize the Media”: An Anonymous Rapper's War on Steubenville

Adrian Chen · 06/12/13 02:23PM

One night this past December, sitting at his laptop in his bedroom in Winchester, Kentucky, Deric Lostutter donned a plastic Guy Fawkes mask, recently purchased on eBay. He turned on the camera of his souped-up gaming laptop and cued a computerized voice to start speaking.

Anonymous Threatens to Expose Nova Scotia Girl's Rapists; Mother Discusses Her Suicide

Maggie Lange · 04/11/13 07:53AM

This past Sunday, a 17-year-old girl in Nova Scotia named Rehtaeh Parsons died after hanging herself two days earlier. Parsons' mother says her daughter committed suicide because she was raped—and subsequently bullied and ostracized—in 2011. No charges were ever brought against her rapists: The police said the case was a matter of "he said, she said," and the pictures taken did not qualify as child pornography.

Reuters Social Media Editor Accused of Helping Anonymous Has Long, Strange Internet Past

Adrian Chen · 03/15/13 07:13PM

News that Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys had been indicted for allegedly conspiring with Anonymous shocked his colleagues in online media. Keys has always seemed like a normal guy who constantly tweets news links. But in the wake of his indictment, details about his online past have emerged that make his entanglement with Anonymous seem less out of character.

Here's How Hackers Could Have Blacked Out the Superdome Last Night (Even Though They Probably Didn't)

Adrian Chen · 02/04/13 06:25PM

Beyonce and voodoo have been ruled out as potential culprits in the bizarre 33-minute blackout during last night's Super Bowl. But what about hackers? It took just a few minutes after the lights went out in the Superdome for hackers to begin hinting they had something to do with it. "#TangoDown Superbowl XLVII," tweeted the most popular Twitter account of the hacktivist collective Anonymous. It's an outlandish claim and almost certainly a troll. But it's possible, and here's how it might have happened.

The Death of Aaron Swartz and the New Hacker Crackdown

Adrian Chen · 01/14/13 07:02PM

In 1992, the sci-fi writer Bruce Sterling published The Hacker Crackdown, a riveting nonfiction book about a string of high-profile hacker busts on the early "electronic frontier" of the late '80s and early '90s. The first hacker crackdown shook the early internet to its core and helped mobilize political geeks. Today, we're in the midst of a new crackdown. And with the death this weekend of the legally and emotionally troubled 26-year-old computer genius Aaron Swartz, this one has a body count.

Why is Roseanne Barr Aligning Herself with Anonymous and Calling Herself "Rononomous?"

MTanzer · 12/29/12 12:23PM

A rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, involving some members of the city's beloved football team has drawn national attention. The Times said that it was a notable case because it was "a sexual assault accusation in the age of social media, when teenagers are capturing much of their lives on their camera phones ... and then posting it on the Web, like a graphic, public diary." There were some images of the crime uploaded to Twitter and Instagram that show the unconscious girl being carried around.