bill-swift - April 19, 2012
Anonymous is a hacktivist group that has been exposing government secrets, leaking personal information, and defacing websites of communist countries ever since it was formed back in 2003. Its members don't always get away scott free, though, as close to a hundred of them have been arrested or currently have a warrant out for their arrest since 2010.
The latest one to get the cuffs slapped on is Higinio Ochoa. The 30-year-old Linux administrator got a little cocky about his latest hack when he boasted about getting personal information on law enforcement officials using the Twitter handle @Anonw0rmer.
On that same account, Ochoa posted a racy photo of his girlfriend bending over to give the camera a good view of her chest with a sign that read: "PwNd by w0rmer & CabinCr3w." And that's where the trouble started--for Ochoa, that is.
The FBI got hold of the picture last February and looked into its exchangeable image file format or EXIF data, which revealed that the image was shot using an Apple iPhone near Melbourne, Australia. The authorities eventually stumbled upon Ochoa's Facebook page, where they found more images of the girl who turned out to be his girlfriend.
The FBI proceeded to arrest Ochoa last March 2oth, who is now being held at the FBI's Houston branch with a posted bail of $50,000. The FBI alleges that Ochoa leaked personal information of Goldman Sachs executives and also hacked into the official website of the County of Houston.
[He] created fake events on their online, posted images representing Anonymous and CabinCr3w, deleted the entire administrator accounts except the one created by the attacker.
Article by Hazel Chua
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