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Prolific "spokesman" for Anonymous leaves the hacker group

Barrett Brown, the man who assumed the role of Anonymous' spokesman, has stepped down, citing the PSN hack (OpSony) as an a reason for his decision to disassociate himself.

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M-Easy2650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

"But as things like OpSony arise, you attract a lot of people whose interest is in f***ing with video game companies-which is not to say that there aren't legitimate reasons for OpSony or that the majority involved aren't quality people, but to the extent that someone sits things out when we're working to promote liberty and fight dictatorships but then hops on board when we start going after an electronics firm that's perpetrated far lesser villainy, one has to question those peoples' priorities."

Wow what an adult thing to say. I'm sure anyone with the mental capacity of a person over the age of 13 had to be thinking the same thing.

Soldierone2650d ago

Still involved. Still guilty. Unless he comes clean, releases names of all involved, then I won't "forgive" him or respect him "stepping down." Fact of the matter is these kids will still go after him no matter what because they are scared he will do just that. They didn't listen about OpSony, so nothing is going to stop them unless they start getting busted.

I respect his words and I do agree anyone that made it through high school will be thinking the same.

LightofDarkness2650d ago

You'd respect him more if he was a rat? Selling out former friends and colleagues, probably real-life ones at that, just to make life easier for himself and deliver some sort of vindication for the little fan-kiddies? Get over it, man.

Perkel2650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

"these kids"

I see people still believe that most of them are 13 year old kids living in a basement roll eyes >.>

Those guys are mostly adults and what is more imposibble to you probably they earn more than you. have a family or GF.

And those involved in Sony data leak probably are swimming in money now, banging girls on Bali, living life you will never achieve in lifetime.

This prejuice is like football Hooligans. People to this day think that fhooligans are young people after elementary school with no future.

IRL they are people from all areas. Some are as above some are CEOs, some are menagers, some are normal people.

Edit:

Lol @ disagrees,

You know how much is in money 40 mln of people emails and data ? No ?

My firm where i work bought 200k of people emails form other firm for 900k $. And those were only emails...

dragonelite2650d ago

How can he know who are involved i could bring down live and say anamynous did it while im not part of it. What they did is they made themselves a sort of get out of jail card for blackhat hackers.

Wh15ky2650d ago

@ perkel

Why do some people get so upset when other people refer to these people as kids?

The hackers motivations behind hacking PSN were childish, that's what makes them kids, doesn't necessarily mean they are all 13 year olds.

tehpees32650d ago

I honestly don't care. I just want to see the back of these articles

Soldierone2650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

Yeah I could cheat my way to riches too. It isn't hard to go to school to learn these things then do things on your own. You hack a few things and find communities, maybe create your own, and learn from each other.

Do you know how many people are just as rich as them doing the same things in a legitimate job? They don't steal things and ruin things for other people, they help instead. Build products of our future, and secure holes so these idiots can't get in.

I call them kids because they act like kids. If they don't want this image then don't do it. When they were attacking companies with legitimate reasons I was fine with that, they had reasons to do it and an issue backing their decisions. But to attack a company and ruin service for millions of users all because they can't steal games? give me a break.

I wouldn't sell out a friend. But a friend wouldn't be stupid enough to go on with a decision like this behind my back, even when I told him not to. You know very well the people that did it were sitting their laughing everyday PSN was down, thus the image of kids comes to mind. The very least he could do is talk to them into coming clean and leave it up to them. Meanwhile telling Sony how it was accomplished so future attacks can be avoided.

MrBeatdown2650d ago

"You'd respect him more if he was a rat? Selling out former friends and colleagues, probably real-life ones at that, just to make life easier for himself and deliver some sort of vindication for the little fan-kiddies? Get over it, man."

You say that as if protecting criminals is any more noble than reporting them. You're just twisting it to make it sound like he's doing it for himself, but Soldierone is suggesting he do it for the right reason... Because they are criminals.

Eamon2650d ago

lol at you naive little n4g users arguing.

You guys have no idea how difficult it is to bypass software security made by some of the most powerful and smartest firms on this planet.

To call them kids only reflects on yourself really. There are definitely loads of 13 year olds who try to hang around the anonymous crowd because it sounds cool to them. They may probably be responsible for DDoS attacks too but did you know that to do a DDoS attack you just download a simple program and press click and it does it all for you. They even made a web version. All of this was readily available on their websites and IRC channels during the wikileaks incident.

You have to be very very smart to be able to hack into these security systems and usually the person who did it would be doing a related course at university or at least have already done it.

The guy disassociated himself from OpSony because he feels that there are people there who are only taking advantage of the cause for their own personal interests. I think it's a bit stupid to leave over something like that but it's his decision.

@ Soldierone, he's not expecting you to forgive him nor does he want your forgiveness nor does he even know you to even think of wanting it. His moral standards and ideals are far surpassing than your sheepish and blind brand loyalty.

Perkel2650d ago

@ Soldierone

Who said i agree with them ? Especially with stealing data :>

I just want to make clear people that they are not 13year old basement dwealer, but people who probably are no diffrent than we and with their knowelage they can earn a lot more than we. Some of them can even work for security firms.

As of childish reasons..

So thief who stole your money is childish ?
Your neighbours who hates you is childish too ?

No dude, childish reason is when you steal your friend cup of coffe.

Hate and buisness is not childish.

Sorry i don't see anything childish in their idealogy.

They don't brake law (with DDOS attacks) and they teach firms that they are not invulnerable as they want to be for cammon people.

Idealogy is right, method for doing it, is wrong. Also i don't see any other diffrent way to realize their idealogy which is sad.

Wh15ky2650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

Perkel: "As of childish reasons..

So thief who stole your money is childish ?
Your neighbours who hates you is childish too ?

No dude, childish reason is when you steal your friend cup of coffe.

Hate and buisness is not childish.

Sorry i don't see anything childish in their idealogy."

What the hell are you on about?

I believe the motives for attacking PSN were childish as they were selfish and did nothing to promote any cause or "idealogy" although I think you mean ideology...

"but to the extent that someone sits things out when we're working to promote liberty and fight dictatorships but then hops on board when we start going after an electronics firm that's perpetrated far lesser villainy, one has to question those peoples' priorities."

And it seems that this chap, of which you appear to hold in such high regards, thinks so too.

X-DominusRebellis-X2650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

These fucking hacker POS just can't stand being in the dark eh? They love to have attention for being apart of something big. This dumb shit loser no longer is associated with those homos, okay great, so why does he have to go public about it and tell the whole world? No one gives a shit about him, no one cares about who he is or what he does so stop covering this asshole and leave him and all hackers where they belong, in the dark! Stop giving them the attention they never got in school, from girls, or maybe too much attention from their daddies. Giving them attention and covering them makes these losers feel like they belong and are something special to be talked about. Fuck it! Fuck them in the spooky dark!

Dee_912650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

@ Perkel now your just being stubborn because those examples made no sense
Their antics were very childish ..
Your beginning argument was that they werent kids now that someone pointed out that they dont mean age wise when they call them children you want to change up and say they werent acting childish .. there arent many things that get under my skin on the internet or in life in general but when someones too stubborn to admit they misunderstood its just dumb and childish .. especially on the internet

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M-Easy2650d ago

@Perkel
LMAO you seriously think anyone made any cheese of the Sony hack? In the real world when you commit a crime and then flaunt your spoils that's the FASTEST way to get caught. And that's assuming anyone would want to buy the sure to be flagged (high profile case) info of the PSN users. The very same info that is available get legally 100 other ways.

RioKing2650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

Yeah because if you sell some email addresses,you know the feds are gonna wanna know where you got them from...right? Not really, they're smart...if they can infiltrate psn, they can probably make money from it. You people disagreeing with Perkel are retarded.

And the info is not flagged, it would have to be released by Sony to be flagged, and Sony won't release that info.

Ignorance is bliss.

Speakindatruth2650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

We all know they're not thirteen, you guys. What we do know is that they have the mental capacity of a thirteen year old--they're probably much older.

They can't follow a cause and only seek personal gain. If they're CEOs, they probably suck at their jobs--like a shitty boss who's stressed out all the time and can't handle... well, jack shit. If your most sharpened talent is hiding behind a computer screen to avoid real life, these people are definitely losers in real life--pawns in an operation and aren't going to get paid for what they did. They were probably funded by a corporation that steals e-mails, birthdays, addresses and names to sell them for money. This probably means the e-mails will be used to quadruple your spam box. Those dirty corporations will be living the dream. Those hackers will go home with a small bonus.

What will they do with a bonus? Nothing special. I mean, if you and I know game hackers as the losers they are--we know they'll go home and buy a new gaming PC to play more Rapelay and other Japanese porn games. Not a sports car. Not a vacation in Bali. They're nothing special--hackers never are the lead in an operation. They're always just pawns. So don't worry guys. And no, they didn't get are damn credit card information, they just suck ass at being human beings. Waste of space if you ask me.

RioKing2650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

"If they're CEO's, they probably suck at their jobs."

Do you know how naive that comment is? And YOU"RE the one talking about the mental capacity of a 13 year old...aaahahahahaH!!!! No one becomes a CEO, "sucking at their job" idiot.

BlackTar1872650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

RIO king get a life dude. why are you sticking up for these kids. Its even more immature to see cheerleaders like yourself trying to justify there cause or highlight your assumptions of what they are.

You can report me but ill never be as sad as you are right this moment

all your comments reak of ignorance

You know what kind people try and assert there assumption over others is called?

ill give you 2 guess's and the first 2 don't count.

"No one becomes a CEO, "sucking at their job" idiot." Thats not true at all. For you to believe its not possible is incredibly showing

hiredhelp2650d ago (Edited 2650d ago )

The 'Face' of Anonymous Steps Down

Step down what like hes a important part to the world. Hes still a hacker buy useing such a headline you making out this kid like some important boss to a large company.

UnbiasedGamer2650d ago

@ Perkel

Remember the strike at Sony Stores where just one fatso nerd with anonomous mask came into the store, and sat down watching a Sony Tv? Oh were where your adults then....

Andronix2650d ago

Did he do this to avoid possible prosecution charges?

Also, if he knew Anonymous was breaking various international laws does that mean he is an accessory to these crimes, or does the fact he didn't do any hacking protect him ?

BattleAxe2650d ago

Well at least he's got some integrity. Anonymous had my respect when they were trying to help Julian Assange, but this whole thing with Sony is the dumbest cause that they could have come up with.

mcslick1012650d ago

It's unfair and ignorant to call them 'kids'. Their act was childish. Don't be so short-sighted and benighted,they are major whistle blowing community and activist group that have contributed a myriad of righteousness to justice.

pixelsword2650d ago

"But as things like OpSony arise, you attract a lot of people whose interest is in f***ing with video game companies-which is not to say that there aren't legitimate reasons for OpSony or that the majority involved aren't quality people, but to the extent that someone sits things out when we're working to promote liberty and fight dictatorships but then hops on board when we start going after an electronics firm that's perpetrated far lesser villainy, one has to question those peoples' priorities."

He's talking about fanboys...

Even if the doesn't know it.

Therealspy032649d ago

I'm sure anyone with the mental capacity of a person over the age of 13 SHOULD realize that this guy is a self-proclaimed spokesperson for a group that isn't officially even a group, and that his word and his position mean absolutely nothing.

CryofSilence2649d ago

I've been thinking since the first hack that OpSony would be the undoing of Anonymous. It seems that's starting to come true. Good riddance.

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cyclonus0072650d ago

Believe me, he needs the media attention. Because as soon as it's gone, here come the unmarked vans and men in black to whisk him away to an "undisclosed location".

ThanatosDMC2650d ago

Feds gonna bust him up bad...

BDSE2650d ago

You're celebrating living in a police state? Are you dumb?

ThanatosDMC2649d ago

It's not a police state. Are YOU dumb?

Therealspy032649d ago (Edited 2649d ago )

good call. and look at your balance of agrees to disagrees. scary that so many ppl are welcoming this prison planet with open arms.

@thanatos, yeah it is. wake up

BDSE2649d ago

@ThanatosDMC You actually believe that don't you?

@Therealspy03 Yeah its pretty worrying that people can't see it.

ThanatosDMC2649d ago (Edited 2649d ago )

Wiki def: "The term police state describes a state in which the government exercises rigid and repressive controls over the social, economic and political life of the population. A police state typically exhibits elements of totalitarianism and social control, and there is usually little or no distinction between the law and the exercise of political power by the executive.

The inhabitants of a police state experience restrictions on their mobility, and on their freedom to express or communicate political or other views, which are subject to police monitoring or enforcement. Political control may be exerted by means of a secret police force which operates outside the boundaries normally imposed by a constitutional state."

I live in the country that loves its freedoms. You're telling me i live in a police state in which a country ran by some thugs waving their guns to hurt people without reason? It's scary that you think that. I hope you're living in an island by yourself so can pleasure yourself with the thought of a prison planet.

link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

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NRG2650d ago

The moment somebody claims they are the face of Anonymous is a fail.

BubbleSniper2650d ago

I see shit is hitting the fan.

Zydake2650d ago

I love your pic man lol

Krimson-Rage2650d ago

"Anonymous spokesman"..? Aren't they anarchists?

Perkel2650d ago

we don't even know if he is in Anon or just attention whor$

Redempteur2650d ago

it's probably the latter

Biggest2650d ago

They are one and the same. You can't seperate Anonymous and attention whore.