Andrew 'Escher' Auernheimer, a member of the Goatse Security group, said in blog post that he and others were being hounded by police for using legitimate computer security techniques. He also claims that he has been denied access to a lawyer.
"I am being persecuted solely because my speech has angered a large corporation. I have been threatened with indictment from the Assistant US Attorney on the case," he wrote.
"My actions and those of Goatse were not criminal; they were done using industry standard practices as a public service.
"Scraping data from a public web server is an extremely common practice amongst lawyers, security researchers and journalists, not to mention web developers."
Auernheimer pointed out that other security researchers had used similar techniques in hacking Foursquare and that no action had been taken. He is asking for contributions towards a defence fund.
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