Posted on | January 16, 2013 | 5 Comments
Exactly why left-wing lawyer Jay Leiderman felt it necessary to denounce Neal Rauhauser, I’m not sure. Perhaps it has something to do with the apparent suspicion among members of Anonymous that Neal Rauhauser is a paid federal informant:
For now we give you a phone call between Kelly Hallissey and Neal Rauhauser and two calls between Tom Ryan and Chet Uber. The story is confusing and complicated because there is lots of internal drama. But in this case this is about people who are at least in part getting paid by the government, to do … well that you should find out yourself.
That’s merely a suspicion, of course, but the e-mail communications between Rauhauser and the FBI certainly got my attention Sunday:
How all this fits together, I don’t know yet. but I was intrigued by the publication of an e-mail from January 2012 — a year ago — in which Rauhauser is asked to meet with two FBI agents. Within two months of that date, the LulzSec raids went down. Hmmm . . .
As a law-abiding citizen, I am all in favor of people helping the FBI arrest criminal hackers, but the hackers at Anonymous may feel differently. Considering that one of the files posted by Anonymous includes Neal Rauhauser’s admission that he was “Carlito2000,” who helped prokoke the meltdown that sent former Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown to federal prison . . . Well, that’s probably just a coincidence, huh?
Neal’s involvement in all this hacker stuff is mystifying: Was Neal working with Anonymous in their occasionally criminal activity? Or was Neal working with the feds to help bust the criminal hackers? Was he playing both ends against the middle? Who knows?
It could be a dangerous game either way. You double-cross the feds, you go to prison. You double-cross the hackers . . .
I’m reminded of an old punk-rock song by the Jim Carroll Band:
Brian got busted on a narco rap.
He beat the rap by rattin’ on some bikers.
He said, hey, I know it’s dangerous,
but it sure beats Riker’s.
But the next day he got offed
by the very same bikers
“Governments are increasingly seeking to better understand and control social networking environments . . .”
— Fred Cohen, Ph.D., “Influence Operations”