Jeremy Hammond, better known in the hacker world as “Anarchaos,” “sup_g,” “burn,” “yohoho,” “POW,” “tylerknowsthis,” and “crediblethreat,” has been held without bail since his arrest in March on charges connected with the 2011 hacking of Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor), an Austin, Texas-based international intelligence broker. Hammond and other LulzSec hackers face indictments charging them with conspiracy to commit computer hacking, computer hacking, and conspiracy to commit access device fraud. Last week, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska told Hammond that he could face 30 years to life if he is convicted on all counts.
CSO explained the charges in more detail:
“The government alleges that starting last December, Hammond and others from AntiSec stole information from about 860,000 Stratfor subscribers, including emails, account information, and data from about 60,000 credit cards. The government alleges that he published some of that information online, and used some of the stolen credit card data to run up at least $700,000 in unauthorized charges. He is also accused of giving about five million internal emails to WikiLeaks, which were published under the name The Global Intelligence Files.”
Hammond has been denied bail based on the judge’s determination that he is a potential flight risk and “a danger to the community”. According to CSO, he has also been added to the Terrorist Watch List (presumable to give prosecutors more flexibility in their prosecution attempts).
Whether or not the threat of such an extraordinary sentence is a scare tactic or means to get Hammond to cooperate further is unknown. We can likely assume that in the end, a plea arrangement will be made carrying a much lesser sentence.
More details on the LulzSec case, including a behind the scenes look at the hacker’s private lives, may be found here.