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'Crackas With Attitude' Hacker Sentenced for Targeting Government Officials
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robertmcfarlane
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robertmcfarlane,
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7/6/2017 | 7:09:51 AM
Progress but....
there is still a lot of work to be done!

This story first broke back in 2015.  "Crackas With Attitude" is just a group of young misdirected hacktivists. 2 US citizens in their early 20's and 3 teens from the UK, with the ringleader only 15 years old.

The affidavit from the case show Boggs stating - "I want to carry on CRACKA's legacy if or when he is arrested. I know he will receive a harsh sentence because our government doesn't like being embarrassed, so there is no better way of protesting than hacking and leaking more documents over and over again."

The group definitely created a ton of mischief. They hacked federal employees and their spouses facebook/email/twitter/ISP accounts. They paid $20 to "phone bomb" victims cell phones. They called in bomb threats to police stations. The most serious hack was gaining access credentials to LEEP and then posting 34,000 lines of PII of govt officials and military personnel.

Reading through the Affidavit I would equate their actions to online vandalism. Make no mistake, it's great to see cybercrime successfully prosecuted. However, we still have a long way to go to make a dent tackling the real problem - vast international organized crime syndicates motivated by Billions in profits. 
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cybersavior,
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7/6/2017 | 11:46:42 AM
Score one for the white hats
"We'll only be hitting governments and security firms," Boggs said. "I'm waiting on our logo to be finished before we commence attacks on governments."

"I fight authority, authority always wins", said Mellencamp.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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7/7/2017 | 8:21:53 AM
Re: Score one for the white hats
> "I'm waiting on our logo to be finished before we commence attacks on governments."

First things first.

Relevant: youtube.com/watch?v=ePBxm3V2_0E
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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7/7/2017 | 8:27:43 AM
Re: Progress but....
@robert: Probably a bit more elevated than mere "online vandalism." There's a difference between spreading PII (DOBs, SSNs, etc.) -- which essentially encourages and leads to identity theft (if not worse) -- and simply doodling "Kilroy was here" where you're not supposed to.


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