"Authorities are not accusing him of being involved in the hack itself," notes Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "Instead, they’re accusing him of one count of trafficking stolen authentication features, one count of access device fraud, and ten counts of aggravated identity theft. Prosecutors say that he breached the law when he posted links to a file containing the details of over 5,000 credit cards stolen from Stratfor on an IRC channel. They have also argued that he not only possessed the sensitive information, but he also shared it with others."
"Brown, who also is a writer and activist, faced the new charges from a prison in Texas, where he remains after his September arrest for threatening an FBI agent in a YouTube video," writes SC Magazine's Dan Kaplan. "Brown on Monday waived his right to a hearing concerning his arraignment, and entered innocent pleas for all of the new charges he faces, which could result in 40 years in prison, according to court documents."