Hacker ‘Weev': I Went to Prison Because Ronald Reagan Was Senile

Abby Martin speaks with hacker and notorious internet troll Andrew ‘Weev’ Auernheimer, discussing the overturning of his prison sentence after being charged with conspiracy under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

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  • Dingbert

    “I Went to Prison Because Ronald Reagan Was Senile”

    I think a lot of people did.

  • misinformation

    “That, I don’t recall…”

  • http://lmgtfy.com/ jasonpaulhayes

    He literally went to prison because Matthew Broderick is a better actor than Ronald Reagan was… am I dead, is this Hell?

  • Number1Framer

    The way I understand his ‘hacking’ of the ATT website was that it was done from the address bar of a browser by entering a URL that basically allowed him to ‘jump the fence’ and land in an employee area of the site past the login screen where customer data was plainly displayed for anyone who got there (typically logged in employees) to see. When he pointed the flaw out to ATT, that’s when the Feds came down on him. Now imagine you are sitting at home in your PJs entering a URL directly into the address bar to check out a site, your cat walks across the keyboard before you hit the enter key, and BAM – the Feds are kicking your door in tomorrow morning because you “hacked” a website.

    This may be a gross oversimplification, but the terrifying thing about cases like this (and especially Barrett Brown’s case – 100 years for sharing a link) are the legal precedent they would set if the government actually won a decisive victory against one of these scapegoats. Major props to Weev for putting his freedom on the line to stand up against this horseshit rather than take a plea, or even worse, become a narc like Hector “Sabu” Monsegur did. Like him or not (he’s a notorious troll) he’s got some huge balls to take on this Goliath and I hope he wins.

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