Journalist gets jail for Stratfor hack and threaten agent




Barrett Brown, a journalist who was involved in Anonymous, has been sentenced to a prison term of five years and three months. Brown was convicted of complicity in the Stratfor hack in 2011 and the threat of an agent.

anonymous Minus remand of two years means that Brown still about three years behind bars must spend, reports Wired. In addition, Brown, a journalist with sympathy for Anonymous, ordered to pay damages of $ 890,000, converted 785,000 euro. Supporters of Brown, including journalist Glenn Greenwald, had hoped that he would go unpunished. The journalist-activist was a prison sentence of 8.5 years above the head.

Brown was convicted of complicity in the Stratfor hack, because after he hack the attention of the hacker tried to distract in conversations with employees of Stratfor. This intelligence company was hacked in 2011 by the losvaste collective of hacktivists Anonymous. The hacker himself was previously sentenced to a prison term of ten years.

The bulk of the punishment – 48 out of 63 months – however, by threat of an FBI agent. Brown published a YouTube video of the address of an agent and risked his life to ‘ruin’. In addition, Brown found guilty of obstructing justice during a search. Mother Brown was given a suspended sentence; she helped Brown at hiding laptops during the search.

Initially, Brown was also charged with data theft. That was remarkable, as Brown himself was not directly involved in the hack, but a link to the stolen data copied from one chat room to another. Later that allegation was withdrawn, but the alleged involvement of Brown at the hack be weighed when determining the sentence. According to the US Attorney indicates that there namely that Brown was part of a conspiracy.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation notes that Brown is an independent journalist, which include for The Guardian and Vanity Fair worked. The organization says disappointed about the punishment of Brown.


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