You know who -- or what -- Anonymous is, right? It's that international hacktivist collective that's been in the news a lot lately. Its members hacked the Justice Department website in response to the Megaupload raid; they allegedly stole Symantec's source code; and they hate the Man.
Anonymous is kind of a big deal. But for some reason, lawyers at Puckett & Faraj had never heard of the group.
That is, until the firm got hacked recently.
Anonymous went on a hacking spree over the weekend, in an "attempt to expose and combat the failures of the military justice system, which let a murderer off the hook," explains Gawker. Attorney Neal Puckett just so happens to have defended that accused murderer.
As punishment, Anonymous replaced the firm's website with a video of KRS-One, who the ABA Journal reports was rapping about police brutality. The group also released stored emails that contained nonpublic statements from women who accused a military client of rape.
Kind of counterproductive, no?
Puckett told the Journal that this weekend was the first he heard of Anonymous, and that he still questions its motives. He suggests the group hack prosecutors, who he believes bear the true responsibility for injustice.
Spoken like a true defense attorney.
Puckett & Faraj is now awaiting advice from the Virginia Bar so that it can properly inform former and current clients about the hacking incident. While it waits, it might want to think about how not to further tick off Anonymous.
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