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Ryan Cleary V&

Ryan Cleary is well known for the attack against AnonOps IRC servers which prompted Barrett Brown’s departure from anonymous. Ryan Cleary quickly associated himself with LulzSec in the aftermath of the AnonOps IRC battle. According to Lulz Security’s Twitter account, Cleary is not a member of LulzSec. Still, the most absurd headlines today all read something like “LulzSec Mastermind Caught!”

“Ryan Cleary is not part of LulzSec; we house one of our many legitimate chatrooms on his IRC server, but that’s it.” @LulzSec

Operation #AntiSec has gained a legion of followers ready to hack government web sites and go to jail. Ryan Cleary’s arrest has not generated the usual response in the hacker community, which regards V& as a horrible failure. The willingness to go to prison is one of the hallmarks of civil disobedience. Could it be that the winds of real Civil Disobedience are what power the LulzBoat? Are hackers reading their Thoreau?




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