Jeremy Hammond could face up to 30 years to life on charges of conspiracy to commit computer hacking, computer hacking and conspiracy to commit access device fraud after the Southern District Court of New York opened a three-count federal indictment last week.
Hammond, 27, known “Anarchaos,” “sup_g,” “burn,” “yohoho,” “POW,” “tylerknowsthis,” and “crediblethreat,” is being held without bail since his arrest in March on charges connected with last year’s hacking of Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, an Austin, TX-based international intelligence broker. The attack was by AntiSec, an offshoot of LulzSec, which is in turn an offshoot of the hacktivist collective Anonymous, officials said.
The government said starting last December, Hammond and others from AntiSec stole information from about 860,000 Stratfor subscribers, including emails, account information, and data from about 60,000 credit cards. The government said he published some of that information online, and used some of the stolen credit card data to run up at least $700,000 in unauthorized charges.
He also stands accused of giving about five million internal emails to WikiLeaks, published under the name The Global Intelligence Files.
Unknown to Hammond, however, was the then-leader of AntiSec, Hector Xavier Monsegur, a New York hacker known as “Sabu,” arrested the previous June, agreed to cooperate with the FBI, officials said. Some of the Stratfor information Hammond uploaded went directly into a honey pot server maintained by the FBI.
At a hearing last week, Hammond was denied bail, based on U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska’s determination he was a danger to the community and a flight risk.
The bail denial sparked another round of protest from Hammond’s supporters. Anonymous published a message on Pastebin demanding that Preska recuse herself for conflict of interest. The group said her husband, Thomas J. Kavaler, was among Stratfor’s clients, and therefore one of the alleged victims of the hack. Kavaler is a partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York City.
“Judge Preska by proxy is a victim of the very crime she intends to judge Jeremy Hammond for,” Anonymous wrote in a message posted last Friday. “Judge Preska has failed to disclose the fact that her husband is a client of Stratfor and recuse herself from Jeremy’s case, therefore violating multiple Sections of Title 28 of the United States Code.”
Hammond should go to trial sometime next year.