All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis

Twitter boasts land Anonymous member in jail after huge data breach

19 Apr 2012

A 21-year-old man with links to Anonymous has been detained by US police, following a series of online boasts claiming involvement in recent cyber attacks on the Utah Chiefs of Police Association and the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD).

The man, from Ohio, was named in the indictment as John Anthony Borell III, is charged with two counts of computer intrusion, referring to his alleged use of a computer program to launch an SQL injection attack on the websites in January.

According to Kaspersky analyst Brian Donohue, Borell's Twitter boasts were an instrumental part of his downfall.

"Borell might have gotten away with it too, if he hadn't taken credit for the attack on his Twitter account (handle: @ItsKahuna), posting the admin username and password combination of the Utah Chiefs of Police Association," said Donohue in a blog post.

"Law enforcement gathered the information and connected it to Borell after sending a search warrant to Twitter and receiving an IP audit in return."

Borrell's arrest comes as a part of an ongoing campaign by the world's law enforcement to catch Anonymous hacktivists.

Most recently within the UK the campaign saw police detain the alleged leader of affiliate group Team Poison.

Authorities focus on Anonymous has since been questioned by F-Secure security chief, Mikko Hypponen, who suggested law enforcement's time may be better spent targeting the real threat, cyber criminals.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

View Alastair's Google+ profile

More on Security
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus

Tech gifts for Christmas 2014

Is a new tablet on your wish list this festive season, or have they become yesterday’s fad?

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
iPhone 6 is available in silver gold and space grey

iPhone 6 video review

The best iOS handset to date

Updating your subscription status Loading

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging


Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Head of Field Service Delivery

This senior role reporting to the Operations Director...

Software Engineer

Employment Type: Permanent, Full-time Number of...

Infrastructure / Network Engineers London

Bite Consulting are seeking experienced, flexible and...

Project Analyst Technician

Project Analyst Technician Tracsis plc, a supplier...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.