HackThisSite Founder Convicted

From http://www.digg.com:

Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of no contact with HackThisSite.org, similar sites, or anarchy related groups in the Chicago area.
From the story:

He was accused of accessing ProtestWarrior.com’s database with a reverse PHP shell, and getting a list of credit card numbers that totalled into the thousands. The prosecutors tried to get Jeremy nailed for 2.5 million in damages, but there was no actual damage done. It was said that Jeremy planned “to make donations to humanitarian and charity groups opposed by the Protest Warrior Web site.”

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Sorry, I came across this in the middle of the week on Digg, but I’ve been too busy to comment on it until now. It’s really weird to come across someone you actually know on a news site like Digg, especially in this context.

I care about this because I knew this guy before HackThisSite became what it is, back before it was just a little hacking toy along with loads of other similar pages (like “Anarchy”, a sort of wiki without admins, and no guidelines for content) on his website, hulla-balloo.com. He was active in the Qbasic scene around the same time as me, and came up with a rather nifty little game called Shellshock. Vplanet gave it 23/35 on their crazy rating system, which is quite a good score, I think – (though I’m just saying that really because the best score I ever got was 15/35).

I didn’t even know him, but I saw that he had his own server and domain name setup, so I sent him a really formal email asking for some advice on doing the same. He offered me all the free webspace I wanted for my own silly projects, and full access to his server. I ended up hosting my first real website there.

The only thing he asked me for in exchange is that I didn’t overwrite any of his files.

It looks like his life has gotten a little messed up in the last few years. It’s awful that things have come to this.

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  1. MRK on December 16th, 2006

    I knew him. I used to visit his site often in 2003… I liked reading his articles and stuff. I liked him back then but I hate him now. He’s a thief and a druggie, plus he’s extreme left wing… I’m extreme right wing. Honestly, I’m glad the bastard is in jail. I hope he catches Aids in there and dies, the world will be a better place without him.

  2. Terry on December 16th, 2006

    Well, I’m extreme left wing. And I think people really overreacted about this, regardless of what kinda guy Jeremy has appartently become in the past few years. Sure, he did something stupid – but he didn’t actually harm anyone, or take anyone’s money. It’s absurd that he should spend time in jail for what amounts to an immature mistake.

    (And I’m not even going to get into that hate-driven shit you just posted. Let’s just agree to disagree.)

    Where have you been lately, anyway?

  3. MRK on December 16th, 2006

    I’ve been around, I just ran out of stuff to say is all. A lot has changed in the last few months since I last e-mailed you. I got married recently to a lovely Dutch girl, who I met in March. And I got the results back from my exams a few days ago… I averaged at 88% for my maths stuff (the lowest mark was 86%, the highest was 93%)… pretty much what I was expecting to get… Formal Logic was a real shocker though, I was honestly expecting to fail but I got 90%!!! Generally, when people think they’ve failed they usually do fail. They don’t usually get 90%. 🙂 Next year’s my last, then I’m doing postgraduate studies. As I’m sure you already know, I want to get my doctorate in mathematics.

    I bought a house, I quit my job so I could spend more time with my wife, and I published my book (Little Known Secrets of Mathematics). I’m working on another book at the moment. I’m really happy with my life right now, it has turned out to be better than I ever thought it could be.

  4. Terry on December 19th, 2006

    Everything sounds like it’s coming together for you – congratulations!

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