Wait who ratted you out? Sabu?
It was a simple combination of IP tracing and police intelligence.
I have a friend, let's just call her Norra, and she is currently living under an oppressive, totalitarian, parental regime. They have confiscated all of her electronic devices and changed the password for the household wifi, completely isolating her from the Internet.
Maybe Norra should have done her homework.
I actually recently got in trouble at school
because they assumed I was going to hack them for having Notepad ++, a third party task manager, and a p2p chat client installed on my school computer. in there words the school servers house delicate information and will not tolerate me attempting hack.
The staff in charge of your school's computer network sound so preposterously stupid that I am sure one day their systems will be compromised as a result of that.
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Can you read THIS?
Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 is not very cheap compared to the fully functional iPod touch I bought for 8.5 USD. I think Apple wins this round.
Apple does win this round. You did not win this round, though.
Jake I have a question. If we had two piles of coins, pennies and dimes, which have infinite amounts then wouldn't they be equally worthless? Isn't the point of a currency is to have a limited amount to create its value? So if we had an infinite amount it would destroy the US economy and would be in
I don't know, but if there were infinite coins and you were blindfolded and told to divide the coins into two piles, each of which must have exactly 20 heads, and you were told that 20 heads already existed in the mix of infinite coins, you should totally just flip the first 20 coins you find and segment them.
I seem to remember the CPS/Police wanted to charge you with fraud, but had no evidence at all. What did they suspect you did, but didn't do
They charged myself, Mustafa Al-Bassam and Ryan Ackroyd with two further counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, i.e. suggesting that LulzSec was driven by financial gain. I only plead guilty to the core conspiracy charges (DDoS/hacking ones) in 2012 and was awaiting trial for the fraud for almost another year before they dropped them three weeks before the trial. I was entirely honest with what I did and didn't do, and financial gain played no role. This was made clear in the end.
Favourite kind of alcohol?
Solid pints of ale, red wine, champagne, whiskey.
I bet you smell like bladerunner and summerfruits
Blade Runner & Summer Fruits is a fantastic shampoo.
Lulzsec is the best hacking group there ever was. What was the second best?
Sounds like you're an FBI agent trying to make ex-LulzSec members casually accept that their group sits within a ranking system. Poor display. 0/10
What would you recommend as a cheap, open source alternative to an iPod Touch?
Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 is a fairly reliable piece of kit.
Dude, you sound fun. Let's hang out. I'll bring crisps.
Bring bananas, we don't want to have low potassium during our meet. You're the guy in the unmarked grey van, right? The one with the ice cream jingle?
I don't really need to renew Norton, do I?
Is the Space Pope reptilian?
How man offers have you had from movies or TV?
I've had thirteen production companies directly asking for my help in converting the LulzSec "story" into a thriller/crime movie or TV drama and two direct offers for my "life rights", one of which implied a moderately large sack of cash. I turn these things down every time. I have no interest whatsoever in converting what was a tough time in my life - and the lives of other LulzSec folk - into a cheap piece of entertainment for Hollywood.
When it comes to telling the story in a meaningful way, I've helped out with a couple of small plays/radio shows that have a hacker or "deep web" element, and always happy to consult on scripts that need a bit of insider (i.e. nerd) knowledge. Apart from that, I'd prefer that my soul wasn't ripped out through my kneecaps.
Favorite memory from times of lulz?
I enjoyed the companionship with people like Ryan Ackroyd, Mustafa Al-Bassam, and Darren Martyn, who were obviously just aliases at the time, like me. We had a nice rapport despite only having the Internet to show it. Maybe one day we can all work together on something more positive - I actually have some possible (legitimate) work opportunities for them, but of course I'm banned from communicating with them for the next few months.
Where and how do you find great music? Also, what are your musical preferences?
I'm a fan of anything with clever lyrics, especially tracks that go beyond the "if it's not worth saying, sing it" approach that seems to be everywhere. Recently listening to lots of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Firewater, Lovage, The Limousines, The Real Tuesday Weld, combining a bit of comedy like Jon Lajoie, Flight of the Conchords, Bo Burnham. Throwing in some mellow Erik Satie now and again, and found this great album called "Sing Me to Sleep: Indie Lullabies". Search in Spotify: spotify:album:47c5bpI6VYdwMAMb24rSi6
I like your shoe
I accidentally cleaned them with black shoe polish instead of brown, so they've gone a strange colour with light and dark patches throughout. Still, they're good wear-on-head-for-webcam-photo material.
Who in LulzSec did Sabu snitch on? Do you think he helped in the investigation of Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts?
Certainly everybody in the UK was caught through other means - lots of IP tracing for example. Several thousand pages of IRC chat logs were produced from Sabu, though they were roughly irrelevant in the UK case as we all plead guilty. I think the whole thing presented quite an extreme learning curve to both police detectives and prosecutors, and I can't imagine it being something any side would like to repeat.
As for Dread Pirate Roberts I have no real knowledge. I've never been to Silk Road.
how did the feds find you
It was the Met Police that found me via an IP trace (I made some silly mistakes). The FBI were actually hunting someone from Sweden about a week before I was arrested, determined that he was Topiary. In fact there's an FBI search warrant somewhere that says in no uncertain terms that agents thought Topiary was this guy from Sweden. A real farce, probably bolstered in its falsity by Sabu.
What was the first website you went to when you were allowed back online?
Obviously it was Neopets. All of my Neopets were dying of hunger.
Dear Mr Davis.
Shetland Island Sheep... or New Zealand Sheep? No bias mate. I'm onto you.
How many sheep were in the Lord of the Rings movies? Zero. Because your New Zealand sheep are an embarrassment to the industry. If Jackson had shot in Shetland, half of Mordor would be sheep.
Oh, sad cece :(
Go away David
You trolling on ask.fm
Makes a bad Haiku
Wow then a date? Nice :)
Tea with me?
Pick a time
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Pick a tea
If you owned a pub in London, what would you call it and what would you sell to make it unique?
I'd probably call it The Intercept and offer free pints if you could beat Glenn Greenwald at darts.