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The Chronicles of Weev

Discussion in 'Freedom of Expression' started by muldrake, Jan 22, 2013.

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    http://www.volokh.com/2013/03/21/un...-pro-bono-on-appeal-before-the-third-circuit/
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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vivien-lesnik-weisman/weev-hacker-att_b_2948173.html
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    tl;dr:


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    How Is Hacker 'Weev' Tweeting From Prison?

    Hacker and legendary Internet troll Andrew Auernheimer, also known as "Weev," has revived his Twitter feed this week, posting from inside the walls of the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, where he is currently serving out a 41-month-sentence for exposing a major security hole at AT&T and publicly shaming the company.

    Activity on Auernheimer's Twitter handle, @rabite, resumed this past Sunday with the rather matter of fact post, "I am in Brooklyn MDC and not going to be able to receive non-legal visitors, but thanks for trying."

    www.mashable.com/2013/04/04/weev-tweeting-from-prison/

    www.twitter.com/rabite
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    Weev placed in solitary confinement for tweeting from prison

    By Kevin Collier on May 10, 2013

    Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, the highest-profile prisoner found guilty of breaking the "worst law in technology," has been placed in solitary confinement, his lawyer believes.

    The reason, Weev says, is because he was tweeting from prison.

    <snip>

    Weev's lawyer, Tor Ekeland, can't get in touch with him despite constant attempts. It's been about ten days since they had contact.

    "I'm running into a brick wall," Ekeland told the Daily Dot. The prison "hasn't notified me of anything. I've tried calls, emails, faxes, saying please get back to me. I've called the general number five times today."

    "You can't deny a prisoner access to his attorney," he said.

    The only hint is a letter Weev sent Ekeland, a portion of which Ekeland provided to the Daily Dot. He indicated he was being punished for figuring out a way to share a message with the world at large.

    "I have been placed in administrative segregation, just punishment for the high crime of prison blogging," Weev wrote.

    More at www.dailydot.com/news/andrew-weev-aurenheimer-solitary-prison-tweets/
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    http://mashable.com/2013/05/16/weev-solitary-confinement/
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  19. Interesting...

    US wants everyone to have democracy :: Scientology wants everyone to have Scientology
    etc., ad nauseum

    One day, some brave person not fearing "tinfoil!" will connect the dots.

    /derail
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  20. Anonymous Member

    http://www.scmagazine.com/security-...r-weev-following-attipad-hack/article/302149/
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  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    Asher Wolf@Asher_Wolf 3m
    @shokufeyesib visited Andrew Auernheimer (“weev”) aka @rabite in jail on July 19.
    Her words: http://pastebin.com/iNHN2maY

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    *DISCLAIMER: SHITTON OF GRAMMAR AND SPELLING ISSUES. 0 FUCKS GIVEN. DEAL WITH IT <3*

    I visited Andrew Auernheimer, aka "weev", twitter handle @rabite on Friday 7/19/13 at Allenwood FCI Low Security in PA (3rd attempts to visit, 1st successful):

    **THIS IS A NARRATION OF WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I SAW ANDREW. ACTION ITEMS AND REVELATIONS WILL BE LISTED AS BULLET POINTS AT THE OF THIS PASTE.**

    Andrew has been out of admin seg since 6/21/13, so when I visited him on friday, he was allowed to come to the common area where visitors and inmates mingled freely. It was kind of like an indoor picnic. The atmosphere was very laxed, inmates could hug, sit side by side with their visitor, hold hands, kiss, lean on each other and more. Anything non-sexual was permitted really.

    This was Andrew’s first non-counsel visit, not being confined to a glass booth and having to communicate through a phone. Visitation hours were from 8 to 3 and I got to see him from 9:15 to 2:30ish. When he first came out, it was surreal. I was 4 months to the day (almost) that I had not seen him and I am sure that it was 4 months that he had hugged anyone. We had a very long embrace and it felt really good. He was worried, not having had normal visitors, that it was not allowed. But I had watched other inmates’ interactions and saw it was much less constricting that he thought it was. A couple of times he wanted to disengage the hug and I wouldnt let go would have to say “Dood it’s ok. This is allowed.” I saw him anxiously eyeing the guards making sure I wasnt overstating it. Which is ubes foony, cz I don’t exaggerate that shit...he does lol...We kissed on the cheek and I held his face in my hand and told him I loved him. He smiled and said “I love you too lil girl” (Can you hear my eyes rolling? lol).

    As always and like our phone calls, I first started by asking him rapid-fire Qs on his health, condition, books, letters, nutrition, safety...etc. He gets distracted easily so I had to cut him off and ask specific Qs, in order to be able to know what was done and what needed to get done.

    Then he told me about what he was going through. Obviously he trolled me at no end with all his “Pinky and the Brain” world takeover plans... (I am Brain and he’s Pinky, tho he refutes that. I just think it is obvious...no?).

    We fought about Crick and Franklin (look up discovery of DNA on wiki), as always...smh...I will eternally get trolled by him on that topic. Just no use denying it.

    He was adamant to leave his bad boy image intact, but I told him to suck it up, cz I was gna tell everyone how he spent 15 mins grilling me on who I was going to Defcon with and whether I was gna be safe. “I won’t be there to pull them off of you, if anything happens...” He said referring to an incident that had occurred last year when he had to fight off a couple of dicks who were harassing his female friend. He had to do that while being out on bail <3. I had to remind him that I can take care of myself. That I was arrested at 13 by the moral police in Iran, and if I can safely move away from that situation, I can do anything. He considered that for a min and said “yeah I guess ppl shud be afraid of you a lil more than they are...”. Damn right skippy.

    I asked him if Tor had made any comments on my driving skills last time we visited (I drove 189 miles in 2 hrs on Friday O_0), and he said “Tor found your driving...um...interesting”...lololol....and that he had to remind him that I did live in Iran... (tho I never drove there, but yes good point).

    We talked about the state of lulz of the interwebz and I promised him to get ppl to send him articles, news, lulzy shit as much as I can...

    We fought on how to pronounce AMICUS and I almost flipped him off! He enjoyed reading the amicus and his appeal and was excited about them.

    He endlessly admonished me on not finding a job yet...(can someone please tell him how much of time-consuming bullcrap it is to have so many of them in jail?...). I told him he better not be thinking I will be working when he gets out, cz he be ma sugar daddy...he laughed...I might be joking...I might not be...O_0

    I could not take any pen or paper in so I don’t remember some stuff, I will tweet them out and update the pastebin if I do along the way.

    PLEASE SHARE THIS WIDELY.

    WHAT I SAW:

    - He has lost weight. He didn’t look gaunt, but he was thinner than he went in and he was not overweight to begin with.

    - He was glassy-eyed. Looked exhausted and extremely sleepy, though he was alert at first. He did, however, start to get very sleepy and tired by the end of my visit. I tried to leave earlier so he could sleep but we both thought he needed the contact so he stuck it out.

    - His glasses are most def broken, and sliding down his face constantly. That happened in Essex in Newark NJ.

    I got him Twizzlers and a Snickers bar, only gluten-free options at the vending machine. I forgot to bring more singles (paid toll with most of them..stupid) so I could not get him anything to drink </3. He ate both eagerly and that made me happy.

    - He seemed more subdued and resigned than WHAT I EVER THOUGHT WOULD BE POSSIBLE. It didnt seem like he had given up, just exhausted, thus, preserving his energy by being more quiet.

    WHAT I LEARNED:

    - He is not getting his letters. Out of the numerous ones I had sent he only got one. Yet he recieved all my Flikshops (it’s a very useful app, look it up. It is invaluable). He did not receive any postcards from anyone at all. He specifically did not receive my letters, and a few others.

    - He is getting gluten-free meals, tho unappetizing, he is being fed.

    - He is being worked to exhaustion, presumably to shut him up. As per him, inmates work one shift only, but he is forced to work two shifts. He works in the kitchen from 4 am to 12 pm and from 1-2ish to 11 am-ish he weeds outside. He only sleeps from 12 am to 4 am (ONLY 4 HOURS). He has Fridays and Saturdays off (not sure about Sundays). He admitted in a way that working him so much is proving effective to shut him up. He apologized for not writing too much cz of the exhaustion.

    - He gets $20 of commissary per month and his stamps and MP3 are not included in that $20 and come from a separate fund; so he does not have restrictions on buying stamps or MP3s. (he asked ppl not to donate to his commissary fund, so he won’t have to pay his restitution through that. He instead asked you guys to donate to his WePay and CFAAFund acc. Please refer to the following site for the noted donation funds http://freeweev.github.io/ )

    - He felt alone and down a lil. So please send him letters as many as you can and don’t give up.

    - He has made...um...err...solid allies in prison. I am sure most of you can guess the type of allies he would make, but apparently he is safe as a result and has a posse of sorts (very loose definition of posse).

    - He had specific requests which will be discussed with those who can help in private.

    Some of his attorney-client rights is being violated. Appropriate parties have been notified.

    WHAT IS NEEDED:

    - Please send him letters, flood him with them and don’t give up (not books, letters). He specifically requested articles, news, tweets etc. If you have printing capability, please send him info regularly. He also wants gossip from the interwebz and when I brought up some new cast of characters, he seemed confused...so I promised him a wiki of the interwebz lulz. Some ppl have already offered to help me with that. If you can too and I have not talked to you, please dm me and lets set up something. It would mean a great deal to him and me as well.

    - If you are gna be in town and would like to visit him please let me know or go to the following site and download the application, fill it out and SIGN it and send it to his prison counselor at the following address. When approved he will let you (or me) know and you can visit him. So far only @NicolePowers and I (minus Tor, his attorney) have visited him. http://www.bop.gov/policy/forms/BP_A0629.pdf

    Chris Smith, Union B Counselor
    Allenwood Low Security Correctional Institution
    P.O. Box 1500
    White Deer, PA 17887
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    STATEMENT OF INTEREST................................................................... 1
    INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT......................... 3
    I. Auernheimer Used Commonplace ,Legitimate Techniques to Collect Email Addresses from AT&T’s Public Unsecured Website................................................................................. 5
    A. People Often and Easily Modify Variables in Website Addresses 5
    B. People Often and Easily Change User-Agents.................... 7
    C. People Often and Easily Automate HTTP Requests, Including for Valuable Privacy and Security Research 9
    1. “BruteForce” Is Not Nefarious.............................. 9
    2. The ICC-ID Is Not a Password............................ 10
    II. Researchers Commonly Use Techniques Technologically Indistinguishable from Auernheimer’s Conduct in This Case........................................................................................... 11
    A. Research Akin to Conduct in This Case Helps Fight Malicious Software on Android Smartphones 12
    B. The Wall Street Journal Used Similar Techniques in
    I ts Investigation of Online Price Discrimination................ 13
    III. Researchers Conduct Valuable Independent Experiments on Unsecured Public Websites and Other Publicly
    Accessible Computers Without Permission............................... 15
    IV. Individuals Mus t Be “Authorized” to Access Open Public Websites,Or Risk Sweeping Security and Privacy Research Under the CFAA’s Broad Prohibitions...................................... 18
    V. Neither Auernheimer’s Post-Discovery Conduct Nor
    His Motive Are Grounds for CFAA Liability............................. 21
    A. Security and Privacy Researchers Commonly Publish Their Findings.................................................. 21
    B. A Researcher’s Attitude and Motivations Are Irrelevant
    to CFAA Liability......................................................... 22
    VI. Criminalizing Computer Security and Privacy Research Would Frustrate Congressional Intent and Policy 24
    A. Congress Funds Applied Computer Security and Privacy Research......................................................... 24
    B. Sweeping Security and Privacy Research Within CFAA Undermines the Very Purpose of the Statute 26
    CONCLUSION...................................................................................... 27
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    He was a well known troll. He was sentenced for hacking, not trolling.
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    As I understand it, he was convicted for doing arithmetic.
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  28. muldrake Member

    There are points here, I'm not sure how valid they are, though. "Might makes right" is really valid on the Internet? Just being able to be a net jerk is somehow more mighty than being able to BLOW UP THE ENTIRE WORLD, like the U.S. government can do?

    As much of a jerk as weev can be and has been, making his activities a huge crime is basically a distraction from the real awfulness of the creeps who govern us and threaten us constantly with stuff a lot worse than net jerk activities. You know, like the whole "we have enough nukes to blow up the entire world so worship us" thing.
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    QFT.
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    How Weev's prosecutors are making up the rules
    http://blog.erratasec.com/2013/09/how-weevs-prosecutors-are-making-up.html
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  31. A.O.T.F Member



    How Weev's prosecutors are
    Finally .. The truth is emerging. Is it just me or is this starting to look like a concerted effort to undermine and corrupt the Barrett Brown case as well?

    Something stinks to high heaven. But hey .. I told you so
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    Incidentally, every brief filed by the good people who are defending weev is worth reading.

    I would especially recommend the Mozilla Foundation brief among the amicus briefs filed in the case, because that brief makes it quite clear that however he characterized his own behavior, weev was basically doing exactly the same things as "legitimate" security researchers do.

    So he was a dick about it. Who cares? In no sane society is being a dick a felony.
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  34. muldrake Member

    I do agree with this. Aaron Swartz was something like a saint.

    Weev is a lot more like the rest of us. An asshole with an opinion, and some skills. He's doing time for embarrassing a corporation.
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  35. A.O.T.F Member

    Lawyers in Stratfor leak case present letters of support ahead of sentencing

    Hundreds of letters defending Jeremy Hammond, who is facing 10 years in prison for email leaks, call for lenient sentence

    Lawyers acting for Jeremy Hammond, the Chicago-based hacktivist facing up to 10 years in prison for releasing internal emails from the private intelligence agency Stratfor, have lodged 265 letters of support with the federal judge who will determine his sentence on 15 November.
    The letters call on judge Loretta Preska of the US district court for the southern district of New York to show leniency towards Hammond, a former member of the hacking network Anonymous who has become a cause célèbre for hacktivists, civil libertarians and those concerned about the rights of whistleblowers. They include 36 submissions from leading data experts and freedom of information campaigners.

    Continued http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/04/stratfor-leak-jeremy-hammond-support-letters
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    Hopeful. This is another prosecution over- charging, like Barrett. Maybe federal prosecutors are being pulled back?
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  39. Absolutely, wholeheartedly agree.

    Moar a case of, lets lock them up with whatever,trumped up charges we can pile on.And fuck the Constitution,because we'll just keep moving the fucking goalposts,whenever we fucking feel like it.

    The DOJ .. No forward looking indicators,as far as i can see. In a word. Stupid.


    Free Weev

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