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By nAbAt | May 11, 2018 - 22:51 | Posted in General (News) | 3 Comments

Anon arrested for launching cyberattacks OpEXPOSED

An Akron man aligned with the online hacking collective Anonymous was arrested Thursday for launching cyberattacks on websites for the city of Akron and its police department, according to the FBI.

James Robinson, 32, admitted he was responsible for the attacks on the Akron websites and between Aug. 1 and Aug. 5, as well as for attacks against the U.S. Department of Defense and the Defense Information Systems Agency, the FBI says.

Authorities say the attacks left the websites inaccessible to the public and other users for stretches of time.

A Twitter account named @AkronPhoenix420 took credit for the attacks on the city websites and linked to a video called OpEXPOSED AKRON PD.” The video contained an image of someone in a Guy Fawkes mask that said, among other things, that “it’s time we teach the law a lesson,” “Akron PD abuses the law” and “this week the city of Akron experienced system failures on multiple domains including their emergency TCP ports,” the FBI says.

The Guy Fawkes mask is a symbol associated with Anonymous. The tweet taking credit for the Akron attacks also included the hashtags #Anonymous and #TangoDown, the FBI says. #Phoenix420 #TangoDown
— Phoenix420 (@AkronPhoenix420) August 2, 2017

The Twitter account also took credit on April 25 for another attack on Akron’s website.

Federal investigators linked Robinson to the Twitter account, according to a news release.

Agents searched his home on Edison Avenue on Thursday. They found a Guy Fawkes mask and a cellphone with a cracked screen similar to one seen in a picture tweeted by @AkronPhoenix420, officials say.

Robinson is charged with one count of knowingly causing the transmission of a program, information, code and command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally causing damage to a protected computer.

The attacks the FBI says Robinson launched are referred to as “denial of service” attacks, which overwhelm websites with internet traffic and essentially shuts the websites down.

The FBI says Robinson’s Twitter account took credit for many cyberattacks, including several in 2018 that bore similar characteristics to the ones in Akron. Those attacks included websites for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Information Security Agency and the U.S. defense and treasury departments.

Robinson told agents on Wednesday that he wanted to cooperate with investigators in any way he could, according to the affidavit. In addition to saying he was the person behind @AkronPhoenix420 and claiming responsibility for the cyberattacks in Akron, Robinson said he conducted others but could not recall all of them, the FBI says.


download affidavit: Robinson-Complaint

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3 Responses to Anon arrested for launching cyberattacks OpEXPOSED

  1. May 11, 2018 at 23:13
    Anonymous says:

    A half-dozen agencies — including the FBI, Akron police and an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense — ultimately joined an investigation to find the hacker.

    Among other things, the probe determined the cyberattacks were launched from an internet connection registered to Robinson, the FBI said, adding that Robinson’s phone was also associated with the @AkronPhoenix420 Twitter handle.

    On Wednesday, law enforcement with a search warrant moved on Robinson’s home. Inside, the FBI said they found a Fawkes mask and a mobile phone with a cracked screen similar to a phone seen in tweets by @AkronPhoenix420.

    The FBI said Thursday that Robinson said he was responsible for cyberattacks against websites operated by the city of Akron, the U.S. Department of Defense and others.

    Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said Thursday the city takes attacks on its website seriously.

    “Convenient access to city services and information is essential to the proper functioning of local government,” he said in a prepared statement.

    Akron Police Chief Kenneth Ball, meanwhile, expressed his department’s appreciation for the collaboration leading to an arrest.

    “Hopefully this sends a strong message to any others that may think they can bully law enforcement,” Ball said in a prepared statement.

  2. May 17, 2018 at 13:40
    Anonymous says:

    When Robinson appeared in court, his court appointed attorney, Donald J. Malarcik waved his right to a speedy trial and attempted to get Robinson to cooperate with the investigation. Witnesses report Robinson repeatedly shaking his head no. FBI agents immediately behind him openly mocked him loudly during the proceedings calling him “stupid” for talking on twitter laughing as he broke into tears. Attorney Malarcik did not utter a word in his defense as he was called a terrorist by the prosecutor and by FBI agents speaking out of turn in the courtroom in what amounted to cheap schoolyard bullying to get him to confess. The bullying, lackluster defense, being held incommunicado and now without bail combine to form the ties and tracks of something called a railroad, which appears to be happening to Mr. Robinson.

    The FBI also turned it’s attention to Robinson’s supporters in the courtroom, attempting to bully them into handing over their phones, which they did not as they correctly deduced the agents has not legal right to them. The supporters, which included one person in a wheelchair and a pregnant woman, were bullied as they attempted to take a group picture outside the courthouse.

    According to Casper this bullying by the police in and FBI in Cleveland is something the young activists are used to. “They stop and question anyone wearing a black hoodie or a Guy Fawkes T-shirt, they know all our names and are always on us.” Casper continued “There is just so much harassment someone can take.” This Author owns a Guy Fawkes tshirt. It was purchased at the Kroger on King and High as a gift by a friend for $7 in 2013.

Whoever lays his hand on our comrade hAcKtIcs, is a usurper and tyrant, and we declare you our enemy.