limdis wrote:Now this is interesting. Kinda makes you wonder though -- I know a bit about what went down with xec96, but details are sketchy and thin on what happened to him after his release and his ties to HTS.
I'll clear that up for you easily:
After Jeremy was released from prison and his prohibition of involvement in HackThisSite expired, he returned and talked to us about returning HackThisSite to "its roots." To be specific, this involved planning on effectively incorporating more missions, more articles, and more hacktivism. On that last point, this essentially involved making HackThisSite much more active in the "hacktivist" (specifically, the "technologically-savvy political activist") news realm, much like Techdirt and TorrentFreak. Much planning was done, some action was done (you can see some of our news activity on the front page of HackThisSite as an example), but overall, Jeremy had very, very little involvement in HackThisSite since his imprisonment.
In no way was HackThisSite ever involved in anything Jeremy allegedly did with Lulzsec or Anonymous. For that matter, HackThisSite has had no involvement whatsoever with Lulzsec or Anonymous whatsoever. Truth be told, I don't think anyone at HackThisSite knew if Jeremy was involved with either organization, beyond him once publicly mentioning he spoke with some people at one or both occasionally.
Personally, if these allegations prove to be true, I will be quite disappointed in Jeremy, since I truly thought he had moved past this and onto more legitimate action (e.g., being part of the "age of the protester" rather than the "age of the Lulzsec/Anonymous hacker." The former achieves legitimate results, the latter just pisses governments off and adds stupid amounts of fuel to their fire). I really wanted him to be involved with HackThisSite again as a "face" and PR-guy, to try and use his namesake within the hacktivist community to incite more involvement in information awareness and activism. But, this kind of fucked those plans. :/
anarchy420x wrote:How do you think this will impact the rest of the "community"?
If you're talking about the HackThisSite community: Simply put, it won't. If you're talking about the blackhat hacker community: Simply put, it won't. HackThisSite hasn't been involved with Jeremy in a long, long time (and was never involved with Lulzsec or Anonymous). And Lulzsec/Anonymous are basically headless organizations. They'll keep going with or without those guys.Edit: Fixed to properly reflect presumption of innocence, rather than mistakenly assert alleged guilt.