What’s worse than a rapist? In the eyes of the Federal Government, so called hacktivists are pretty high on the list.
When he read news of the teenage girl who was raped by her classmates after getting drunk at a Steubenville, Ohio, party, the 26-year-old hacker, known as KYAnonymous, whose real name is Deric Lostutter, decided to publicize tweets and Instagram photos he obtained online in which members of the Steubenville High School football team joked about two of their teammates raping a girl.
His actions brought the rape case to national attention and made the local officials and townspeople in Steubenville, who seemed to blame the victim more than her attackers for the incident, look pretty ridiculous.
The information Lostutter provided was also used by other hackers to deface a Steubenville football team website, where they posted tweets and Instagram photos from the rapists and their friends the night of the incident.
For raping their classmate Ma’Lik Richmond, 16, and Trent Mays, 17, were sentenced in March to at least one year in a juvenile facility for the assault.
For his actions, however, Lostutter was raided by FBI agents at his Kentucky home in April and is being investigated by the government for hacking-related crimes. If charged, he would face 10 years behind bars.
The Anonymous affiliate explains on his blog:
Approximately Mid-April 2012 a search warrant was carried out on my address in Winchester, Kentucky for alleged communications with one “Noah Mchugh” aka @justbatcat regarding the hacking of http://www.rollredroll.com and my alleged involvement in said hacking. Upon returning from a brief turkey hunt behind my farm I had just sat down and opened up my computer to work when my pitbull, named Thor, jumps up on the door as is common for him to do when someone new is at my house. I had been expecting a T-Shirt in the mail from ShieldTactical.com and what appeared to be a Fed-Ex truck was parked in my driveway. As I open the door to great the driver approximately 12 F.B.I. Swat Team agents jumped out of the truck screaming for me to “Get The Fuck Down” with m-16 assault rifles and full riot gear armed safety off, pointed directly at my head. I was handcuffed and detained outside while they cleared my house. My brother soon emerged later with his new girlfriend, both bewildered that the F.B.I. was at my house seeing as I have no prior criminal history, both of them in handcuffs as well. The Swat team left my belongings in the floor, my dogs shocked, my family nervous, my garage door battered open with a ram though I stated I had a key, and the RV camper window broken for entry though I stated to pull hard on the door.
Looking around I seen the Swat Team of course, a few fbi detectives from Columbus Ohio, Lexington KY, and Louisville KY. Also with them were a state trooper or 2, a local sheriff, and shortly thereafter the buildings were cleared the CIS labcoat wearing “Geek Squad” so to speak who analyzes your “evidence”.
I was detained on the back patio, I asked if I was going to jail, they said no, they said who are you, I responded KYAnonymous. They asked me a few questions, asked me for my passwords for my account, stated that I could not tell anyone I was raided or I would face additional charges such as “destroying/tampering with evidence”. They pulled out ALLEGED emails between me and @justbatcat aka Noah McHugh from Noah’s inbox indicating that someone is trying to “sell me down the river”. They stated they had been watching me for a long time, prior to Jim Parks, and that I was a good guy, and even joked around a bit about the good things I have done, none the less, sincere or not, They are the FBI and to them I am Anonymous, the embodiment of a dangerous threat according to their m16 assault rifles aimed at me for a computer.
Lostutter is being represented by the Whistleblower Defense League, which we profiled here.