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Anonymous Member Arrested After Posting Pic of Girlfriend

The FBI has reportedly charged Texas-based Higinio O. Ochoa III of hacking into the websites of at least four law enforcement agencies and releasing the private information of dozens of police officers including home addresses, home telephone numbers and mobile phone numbers. The affidavit also claims that Ochoa is a member of "CabinCr3w," a splinter group of the activist collective Anonymous.

The FBI reports that Ochoa was caught thanks to a picture of his alleged Melbourne, Australia girlfriend that he posted on the internet. Back in February, the then-hacking suspect allegedly posted a link on Twitter (as @AnonW0rmer) that sent followers to an external website hosting the image. Followers gazed upon a headless woman's bikini-clad chest and a message taped underneath stating "PwNd by w0rmer & CabinCr3w <3 u BiTch's."

After analyzing the photo, the FBI determined that it was taken by an iPhone. GPS co-ordinates were also lifted from the image, leading officials to the exact South Wantirna street and house where the busty photo was taken. Given this outer-Melbourne suburb address was likely her residence, it wasn't much of a lead at this point.

But then Ochoa reportedly posted another link on Twitter that led to a website railing against "oppression by police departments around the world … EVERY police department is at risk and will remain that way …" It's not clear as to how this link helped lead the FBI to Ochoa, but it was followed-up by another Twitter link leading to second picture of a headless woman -- believed to be his alleged girlfriend again -- with a sign stating "We Are ALL Anonymous We NEVER Forgive. We NEVER Forget. <3 @Anonw0rmer."

At this point, the FBI had knowledge of his Twitter account, his "w0rmer" alias, and his affiliation with Anonymous and CabinCr3w. They also had the address of an Australian woman associated with the suspect. However the FBI eventually uncovered references to his "w0rmer" alias on unconnected websites, one of which had Ochoa's actual name alongside it. At that point, they somehow used his real name to acquire an IP address and track him down here in the United States. The FBI put his Texas-based apartment under surveillance, but they still needed more evidence.

Then came the big break the FBI was looking for. The agency found Ochoa on Facebook where he openly named the Australian girl as his girlfriend, thus connecting his Facebook account to the Twitter account and the images of the unnamed Australian girl. The Age reports that she is now in the United States with Ochoa who was scheduled to appear in criminal court in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, April 10.

  • whimseh
    Takin' em down.
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  • frozonic
    Women....They are dangerous
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  • chumly
    They really expect us to believe that some dorky basement-dweller had a girlfriend? PSSSSH!
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  • ik242
    big brother in action...
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  • tramit
    "releasing the private information of dozens of police officers including home addresses, home telephone numbers and mobile phone numbers"

    Why was this necessary, some people joined the force to protect others. Doing this was only going to anger people even more. Anonymous, seems to act on thug principles with no care for people who get collateral damage from their stunts.
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  • ik242
    http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/hacking-cases-body-of-evidence-20120411-1wsbh.html
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  • mstngs351
    They need to be sent somewhere that life is hard. Maybe then this punks will learn to appreciate how good they have it and stop endangering others just because they think it's cool.
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  • jsc
    ik242,
    I must disagree with you on this one. There are no libertarian considerations here. Ochoa clearly engaged in illegal conduct.
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  • mr_unconcerned
    I hope the gov't beats this puke senseless for information. Drag him to another country where human rights laws aren't so black and white if needed. Hard to cause anarchy when you're blowing into a straw to make your wheelchair move.
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  • I find it odd they don't mention what his crime was here. I'm always far more interested in what they did to get hunted down digitally by the FBI then this boring story of how they did it. Zzzzzz
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