Matt is a former US Air National Guard drone team member and alleged WikiLeaks courier who worked with the hactivist group Anonymous. After becoming the subject of a national security investigation — and allegations relating to a teenage pornography case which he vehemently denies — he fled from the United States to Canada with his family to seek political asylum and protection under the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
Jeremy Hammond is an anarchist computer hacker from Chicago. He is the founder of the computer security training website HackThisSite, created in 2003 following his graduation from Glenbard East High School.
On March 5, 2012, Hammond was arrested by FBI agents in Bridgeport, Chicago ahead of an indictment unsealed the following day in the Lower Manhattan federal district court. He is one of six individuals from the United States, England and Ireland indicted, due to a cooperating witness known online as Sabu.
In October 2012, Barrett was indicted on three counts related to postings on websites such as Twitter and YouTube. Later in December of that year, Barrett was indicted by a federal grand jury on twelve additional counts related to data from the Stratfor information leak carried out by hackers from Anonymous. Despite his lack of direct involvement in the operation and stated opposition to it, he faced these charges for allegedly pasting a hyperlink online.
Fidel Salinas, a member of Anonymous, was sentenced to 6 months in prison and forced to pay $10,600.00 in restitution. Prior to surrendering to the Marshalls, Salinas reported that he was contacted by the FBI and asked to gather intel on Mexican drug cartels and also on government figures accepting bribes from drug cartels.
On March 21st, 2012 Higinio Ochoa III aka w0rmer, was arrested and charged with hacking law enforcement agency websites and posting the personal information of police officers online, as well as being accused of defacing a government website in Alabama. On June 25, 2012, Hig was forced to accept a plea agreement of 27 months in federal prison, seeing it as in the best interest of his family. He was released on 11/12/2014.
Lauri Love is an activist and alleged hacker from Stradishall, England, under arrest and facing potential extradition to the U.S. on charges of hacking into governmental agencies including the US Army, NASA and the Federal Reserve, among others. The accusations against Love are that he was part of a wider activist network of hackers engaged as part of a protest against the treatment of Aaron Swartz, a programmer renowned for helping develop the social network Reddit. If found guilty of the charges, Love faces up to 99 years in prison and $9 million (£7 million) in fines.
In early 2012, Borell attacked a server for Utahchiefs.org, a website for Syracuse, N.Y., police, the municipal website of Springfield, Mo., and a site for the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association, according to a signed plea deal. He pleaded guilty to computer fraud in April and agreed to pay $227,000 in damages to computer servers that had to be repaired or beefed up for security. FBI officials have said citizen complaints about drugs and other crimes were accessed along with personal data of informants and police officers.