Moriarty: I got into the Tower of London; you think I can’t worm my way into twelve hotel rooms?

Sherlock:  The Reichenbach Fall 2012

11th Doctor: The security is absolute.
Clara: It’s never about the security, it’s about the people.

Doctor Who  The Bells of St. John 2013

The plot final episode of the second season of the British series Sherlock revolves around James Moriarty’s determination to destroy Sherlock Holmes, who he refers to as “Sir Boast a Lot” in a fairy tale, however the preface to this plan involves his breaking into three of the most secure places in England, namely the Bank of England, the Tower of London and Pentonville Prison at the exact same time. This produces a subplot concerning the method he used to do so after he fails to take anything in the breakins and is furthermore acquitted in seven minutes :

Sherlock: You’ll never need to take anything ever again.
Moriarty:JIM: Very good. Because …?
Sherlock: Because nothing … nothing in the Bank of England, the Tower of London or Pentonville Prison could possibly match the value of the key that could get you into all three.
Moriarty: I can open any door anywhere with a few tiny lines of computer code. No such thing as a private bank account now – they’re all mine. No such thing as secrecy – I own secrecy. Nuclear codes – I could blow up NATO in alphabetical order. In a world with locked rooms, the man with the key is king; and honey, you should see me in a crown.
Sherlock: You were advertising all the way through the trial. You were showing the world what you can do.
Moriarty:: And you were helping. Big client list: rogue governments, intelligence communities … terrorist cells. They all want me. Suddenly, I’m Mr Sex.

This is an excellent description of how the world views Anonymous who seemingly is able to hack governments, banks, newspapers, etc etc etc. Somehow this little band of genius have the world by the throat if they want it.

An that brings us to this story:


A jury has found former Tribune Media employee and social media news maven Matthew Keys guilty of three computer fraud felonies related to a 2010 defacement of the Los Angeles Times website by a member of the Anonymous hacking group.
On its second day of deliberation, a jury in U.S. District Court in Sacramento this afternoon found Keys guilty of all three counts levied by prosecutors, who first indicted Keys in 2013. He was fired from his position as deputy social media editor at Reuters shortly after his indictment.
Keys shared logon credentials of the Tribune company’s content management system, then also used by the L.A. Times, with an Anonymous hacker, along with the instruction to “go f— some s— up!”


and the lesson it teaches about the hacking group. A lesson that even Sherlock didn’t get to the frustration of Moriarty:

Moriarty:: No, no, no, no, no, this is too easy. This is too easy. There is no key, DOOFUS! Those digits are meaningless. They’re utterly meaningless. You don’t really think a couple of lines of computer code are gonna crash the world around our ears? I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed in you, ordinary Sherlock.
Sherlock: But the rhythm …
Moriarty:: “Partita number one.” Thank you, Johann Sebastian Bach.
Sherlock: But then how did ...
Moriarty:: (speaking over him): Then how did I break into the Bank, to the Tower, to the Prison? Daylight robbery. All it takes is some willing participants. I knew you’d fall for it. That’s your weakness – you always want everything to be clever.

You see Anonymous WANTS you to think they are each Jim Moriarty with the intellect of a Steve Jobs thrown in when they don’t have to be. They’re just good at finding angry or careless idiots. All they need to hack someone are one of three things.

1. A person with a very weak password or a big mouth

2. Somebody pissed off enough to give the a login of a system

3. A system with a lazy administrator.

This puts an exclamation points on the #1 rule of security. DON’T GIVE YOUR PASSWORDS OUT OR GIVE ACCESS TO THEM OUT TO ANYONE!

Now because I don’t have my own server I’m dependent on Go Daddy to keep my logon password safe, but If I’m ever hacked it’s going to be because of some careless ass at GoDaddy or Twitter or Amazon, not because these hackers are a bunch of super villains.


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Colin Sullivan: You’re an FBI informant? Are you fucking kidding me?
Frank Costello: Grow up! Of course I talked to the FBI.
Colin Sullivan:
Do they know who I am?
Frank Costello: I… I never gave up anybody… who wasn’t going down anyway. Nobody knows nothin’.
Colin Sullivan: Frank… Frank. Do they know about me?

The Departed 2006

I’ve been busy with my own things lately but Stacy McCain is still on the Neal Rauhauser story and noted an… interesting development at the beginning of the week:

OK, so what’s going on here? Why has someone within Anonymous started publishing these recorded phone calls and other documents?

We can speculate on motives, but my best guess is that Rauhauser is suspected of being a government snitch, and this evidence is being published by someone who is trying to make Rauhauser “radioactive” — an untouchable, an enemy of Anonymous — so that every hacker will be warned to stay away from Rauhauser.

Interesting Anonymous has a problem with Rauhauser, chooses to dump this stuff, and a few days later suddenly Stacy notes another….interesting development:

Exactly why left-wing lawyer Jay Leiderman felt it necessary to denounce Neal Rauhauser, I’m not sure. Perhaps it has something to do with the apparent suspicion among members of Anonymous that Neal Rauhauser is a paid federal informant:

Very interestingit would explain why the Kimberlin/Rauhauser stuff never seemed to make an impression on anyone with authority, Stacy continues:

As a law-abiding citizen, I am all in favor of people helping the FBI arrest criminal hackers, but the hackers at Anonymous may feel differently. Considering that one of the files posted by Anonymous includes Neal Rauhauser’s admission that he was “Carlito2000,” who helped prokoke the meltdown that sent former Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown to federal prison . . . Well, that’s probably just a coincidence, huh?

Yes a coincidence, an interesting coincidence and I’m sure Stacy will have more actual facts as they come out but here is what jumped out at me.

Rauhauser’s actions have been well documented and commented on for a while, yet none of that was enough for Jay Liederman to abandon him. Yet Anonymous leaks information that could suggest Neal was working with the FBI and violá he is cast aside.

Perhaps Liederman, being a man of the left, considers association with the FBI, even through a second party, unwelcome. Maybe he is afraid of Anonymous, after all many are but consider.

It’s my understanding that lawyers are by definition officers of the court. That being the case am I the only person who finds this lawyer’s decision to move away from Neil Rauhauser when he is abandoned by a lawless group very ….interesting?

I used my first computer when Jimmy Carter was president.

They were the very first computers to come into my high school the school two Apple IIc’s. As there was not any kind of “official” computer class people who wanted to learn computers had to show up for an extra class before school.

My desire had been to teach history but the combination of these interesting machines, my love of math and prop 2 1/2 and all the teachers getting pink slips steered me toward computers until 2008 when shortly after the president’s election the company I worked for folded and I started on the path that led me here.

I tell you this not because I have any love for you guys at Anonymous beyond that is required by my Catholic faith but I tell that story to establish that I’m a computer guy and a geek (as my coming Dr. Who post will demonstrate) so as one geek to another this advice comes from the heart and echos the thought of my friend Robert Stacy McCain:

Are you Friggen NUTS? Making an enemy of the Mossad? The MOSSAD!?!?

Stacy McCain’s warnings about Federal prison are well taken, even in the Obama years

Are these people insane? The United States government considers Hamas a terrorist organization. Not only is any U.S. resident participating in these criminal intrusions individually liable for those federal crimes, but Anonymous as an organization now must be considered a national security threat, giving aid to terrorists against a U.S. ally.

But his warnings about the Mossad are even more valid:

Read the rest. Excuse the blunt language, but if these Anonymous hackers think they can side with Hamas against Israel without consequence, they’ve got another think coming. Dude, if the FBI gets you, that’s one thing. If the Mossad ever gets you? Hey, accidents happen:

These are the guys who were blowing up Iranian scientists for years, These are the guys who successfully introduced a computer virus into the closed system of the Iranian nuclear program, these are the guys who took out Syria’s nuke stuff, and Iraq’s nuke stuff when the rest of the world didn’t know it was there.

These are the guys who have been successfully dealing with tens of millions of fanatics on all sides who want to kill them all their lives and you think for one moment they are afraid of YOU?

Think of it this way: One of the problems with dealing with Radical Islam is you have to cope with 14th century backward fanatics who will remember their enemies over generations to kill them.

Imagine that same dedication to kill you by 21st century men backed by a county that produces more Nobel prize winners than anyone else per capita and at the cutting edge of technological advancement.

You are setting yourselves up as the bad guys in the third movie in the Taken series fighting an entire nation of real life Bryan Mills’.

Or as fellow geeks, to put it in a way you can without a doubt understand, right now this is where you are:

Stacy McCain is playing the part of the Doctor and you are the Atraxi, and he is giving the best advice you will ever get in your entire lives.

Basically RUN! And hope they decide to let it pass, because if you don’t here is what the Mossad will do to you…

Your choice, good luck.

Update Moe lane:

one problem with being hidden in the shadows is that nobody notices when you disappear.

But you can’t skip the “Basically” for two reasons:

#1 One of the things we need to do is to play in the pop culture world in our arguments (that’s why I constantly quote movies and TV shows in posts) This is a function of it.

#2 The very fact “Basically” allows me to use a Doctor Who clip is reason enough to use it.

…that Barrett Brown is not of Sicilian ancestry:

All it took was for one member of the group to be identified as such by law enforcement, at which point they could get a warrant that would permit them to monitor every communication — e-mail, chat, phone, whatever — in which that person engaged, and . . .


How stupid do you have to be not to see what that meant?

Like I said, not a Sicilian.

Hey stuff like this happens when you declare war on the US.

John Sexton at Verum Serum has the story:

Therefore, Anonymous has decided to openly declare war on the United States government. This is a call to arms. We call upon the Citizens of the United States to stand beside us in overthrowing this corrupted body and call upon a new era. Our allegiance is to the American people, because they are us, and we are them.

John isn’t surprised but figures these guys are clueless

I really find it hard to believe Anonymous could be this dumb. Really. Do they really think the internet and whatever proxy servers and anonymizers they have at hand can shield them from the NSA? Maybe I’m wrong, but I don’t think so. I think that once you cross this line you’ve really made yourself an issue for the full attention of people who can probably eat your lunch without breaking a cyber-sweat. Not smart. But I’ll give you this: I respect your honesty.

It is actually stupid on a 2nd level, once you call for the violent overthrow of the government and violence then you give a reason for all those draconian measures you oppose, right Mr. Lincoln?

What do I think? Assuming this is real, it clarifies things. This is not a game of “Call of Duty”, these people are calling for armed rebellion against the elected US government. No matter how “principled” their positions or beliefs might be I think this is a bad idea as Winston Wood Bolt and his comrades would tell them if they were still around.

And if real I think the US Government, Military and Secret Service, should take these people at their word and like Mr. Bolt be treated accordingly.