How do you know if the FBI is going to come after you for an innocent little hack?

Documents reveal feds' methods, though not priorites that make FBI's attention unpredictable


The FBI is apparently working off a list of the 1,000 top DDoS IP addresses in those attacks as it hunts down those responsible. And the UK recently arrested the young man believed to be "Topiary," who functioned as the voice of Anonymous and a spin-off group called LulzSec and was involved in the HBGary Federal debacle earlier this year. – Ars Technica

The FBI wouldn't give up any more recent documents or details on how it's increasing its attention or investigation of Anonymous, LulzSec or the rest, according to Ars Technica.

Considering the amount of attention drawn to the whole area by both Anonymous and LulzSec, you can bet it's a lot safer to trade child porn online than it was last year and a lot more dangerous to be Anonymous, whether you're hacking to make a political statement, deflate an ego like O'Reilly's or to make a buck.

That the increase in attention and resources hasn't resulted in wholesale roundups of Anonymi you can attribute to either the stealth of the hackers or ineptness of investigators.

The FBI, imperfect, understaffed and inexpert as it often unquestionably is when dealing with cybercrime of any kind, has clearly pushed the whole issue way, way up in its priority list and will keep it there for as long as Congress or the public seems ticked off about it.

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