Chicago's hacktivist and how he got caught

March 7, 2012

Jeremy Hammond calls himself a "hacktivist"- one who uses nefarious online activity to further a specific social cause. In many cases that means stealing credit card information from those he labels "oppressors" and donating to revolutionary causes with them. Back in 2007 he was profiled by Chicago Magazine, when he was going to jail for the first time, at 22. Yesterday he hit the headlines again for being swept up in the FBI's raid on hackers involved with "Anonymous" online assaults.

Listen to Nate Anderson talk about this story on Afternoon Shift

The story of the FBI raid is compelling narrative. It all stems from the ringleader, a guy who called himself Sabu, getting arrested and turning into an informant. Our colleagues at Ars Technica have been doing outstanding work covering this saga, explaining how each piece came together in the FBI's case against the hackers. Nate Anderson has written eight stories on how it all happened, including this one about Hammond's arrest. He joins Steve Edwards on today's Afternoon Shift to talk about all the drama.

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