Accused LulzSec Hacker Pleads Not Guilty

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An alleged member of LulzSec recently pleaded not guilty to charges that he helped breach the Arizona Department of Public Safety last June and Stratfor last December.

"Jeremy Hammond, 27, of Chicago and four others were named in a 39-page indictment unsealed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in New York," writes SC Magazine's Dan Kaplan.

"Federal prosecutors have accused Hammond of masterminding the Stratfor exploits, which were carried out between December 2011 and March 2012 and involved the theft of credit card data," writes InformationWeek's Mathew J. Schwartz. "The criminal complaint also charged Hammond and multiple co-conspirators with using 'some of the stolen credit card data to make at least $700,000 worth of unauthorized charges' and publicly disclosing confidential information, including Stratfor employees' emails and its customers' names, email addresses, and credit card numbers."

"Although LulzSec members took great pains to distance themselves from their real-world identities, Hammond was in part identified by statements he made in online chats," writes Ars Technica's Dan Goodin. "In one, he revealed that a friend had been arrested during protests last August in St. Louis. In another, he said he had been arrested in New York City during the Republican National Convention in 2004. He also mentioned serving time in federal prison. FBI investigators used the details to narrow this list of suspects."

"Unlike many of the LulzSec cases, Jeremy Hammond does not appear to have tried to do a deal with the Feds in return for a lower sentence," writes TechEye's Nick Farrell.

Hammond's next court date is scheduled for July 23.