Jeremy Hammond (aka "Anarchaos"), the Anonymous hacker that earlier this year pleaded guilty to conspiracy and hacking charges regarding the much publicized breach of Strategic Forecasting (“Stratfor”), has been sentenced to spend 10 years in jail.
The New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged an alleged hacker in the United Kingdom with breaching thousands of computer systems in the United States and elsewhere – including the computer networks of federal agencies – to steal massive quantities of confidential data.
An FBI agent testifying at the court hearing where the subject of bail for Freedom Hosting owner Eric Eoin Marques was discussed has confirmed that the FBI has, indeed, had a hand in taking over the host's servers and setting pages hosted on them to serve de-anonymizing malware to visitors, Wired reports.
A court filing that has been improperly redacted and has recently been made public by the US Department of Justice shows that Google asked a US court to remove the gag order that accompanied the National Security Letters it received from the FBI, the WSJ reported.
The FBI has been known to use malware to spy on suspects via their computers but mobile phones make even better sources of information.