In January of last year, the hacker group collectively known as the "Internet Liberation Front" gained illegal access to the ProtestWarrior server, stealing thousands of credit card numbers in order to commit massive credit card fraud. The following month, ProtestWarrior discovered the identity of the perpetrators: Jeremy Hammond and a ring of hackers recruited through his criminal front at hackthissite.org.
ProtestWarrior performed a forensic analysis of the intrusion and contacted the FBI, which immediately launched an investigation. With the collected evidence, the FBI was able to execute a search warrant on Jeremy's residence on March 16, 2005. Among the items confiscated were Jeremy's computers, harddrives, data CDs, and even a PDA.
PDF of search warrant:
In response, Jeremy launched freejeremy.com (since taken offline) where, among other nonsense, he claimed to be a target of political harassment by the FBI. Considering his political motivation for targeting ProtestWarrior, the blatant hypocrisy of his charge resulted in an immediate and sustained public backlash. Within a few months Jeremy took his site down.
On May 23, 2006, a grand jury at the U.S. District Court in Illinois handed down an indictment against Jeremy Alexander Hammond for hacking into the ProtestWarrior server.
The indictment reads in part, "Between January and February 2005, defendant HAMMOND accessed ProtestWarrior.com's server without authority on multiple occasions in an effort to obtain information not otherwise available to him or the general public, specifically credit card numbers, home addresses, and other identifying information of the members and customers of ProtestWarrior.com."
The specific violation is of Title 18, US Code, Sections 1030 (a)(2)(c) and 2. Per our understanding of the law, Jeremy faces a possible fine and imprisonment for up to 5 years.
PDF of indictment:
According to a source close to Jeremy, he now lives in an abandoned building.
ProtestWarrior will be releasing more details as they become available, including:
*chat logs between Jeremy and his cohorts discussing their grand plans for
-Kfir, Rob, and Alan
-the stolen credit cards
-the PW server
-previous attack on PW HQ
-other conservative sites they planned to attack
*video of Jeremy at DEFCON boasting of his plans to commit "electronic disobedience" and credit card fraud
*details of his violent criminal history including his arrest for assaulting a police officer and an arrest for punching his female roommate in the face
*information on the upcoming trial