Anonymous hacker faces more charges

2012-12-08 16:33
A US man linked to the worldwide hacking group Anonymous has been detained by the FBI. (Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP)

A US man linked to the worldwide hacking group Anonymous has been detained by the FBI. (Yoshikazu Tsuno, AFP)

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Dallas - A Texas man who has described himself as a spokeperson for the hacker-activist group Anonymous faces new charges over data stolen from the private intelligence firm Stratfor last Christmas.

Federal prosecutors said on Friday that Barrett Brown was indicted on a dozen charges that include aggravated identity theft and device fraud. The 31-year-old Dallas man already was in federal custody after being indicted in October for allegedly making threats on the Internet to an FBI agent.

Brown's attorney, Doug Morris, had no comment on the new charges on Friday.

According to the US attorney's office, Brown made public an internet link providing access to credit card information and other data stolen from Stratfor.

Brown was a de facto spokesperson for Anonymous, willing to speak for a movement that prides itself on anonymity.

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