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‘I Am an Exceptional Thief, Mrs. McClane’

The nihilists of Anonymous are getting their due:

For months, The Real Sabu, as he called himself on Twitter, boasted, cursed and egged on his followers to take part in computer attacks against private companies and government agencies worldwide. . . .

It turns out that Sabu had become an informant for federal law enforcement authorities. On Tuesday, in what could be one of the biggest breakthroughs in the government crackdown on a loose, large confederation of politically inspired “hacktivists,” he was unmasked and revealed to have helped the authorities catch several fellow hackers in Europe and the United States.

One of these guys caught my eye:

On Monday night, the F.B.I. arrested Jeremy Hammond, 27, of Chicago, in connection with the Stratfor breach. Mr. Hammond is charged with stealing credit card information and using some of it to rack up more than $700,000 in charges.

As Holly Gennero said in Die Hard, “After all your posturing, all your little speeches, you’re nothing but a common thief.” Next thing you know these “hacktivists” will demand the release of their revolutionary brothers and sisters in Asian Dawn.


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