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Anonymous Hackers Say They Stole Email from Haditha Sgt.‘s Defense Team for ‘People’s Trial’

Posted Feb 3, 2012 4:01 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous claims to have obtained material from a law firm's computer system concerning its defense of a controversial U.S. Marine accused of responsibility for the 2005 slayings of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq.

Anonymous says it retrieved about three gigabytes of "court mails, faxes, transcriptions etc" from Puckett & Faraj related to its defense not only of Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich but other marines, Computerworld reports.

The group, which also says it defaced the Puckett & Faraj website, plans to make the marine defense material public soon.

"We believe it is time to release all of their private information and court evidence to the world and conduct a People's trial of our own," says a written statement from Anonymous.

Wuterich last month pleaded guilty to negligent dereliction of duty, and manslaughter charges were dropped. He faces a sentence of three months in prison, a demotion in rank and a pay cut.

The law firm wasn't available to comment and it hasn't been confirmed that Anonymous actually accessed material from its computers, the article notes. However, earlier today its website home page featured a "Sound of Da Police" video by rapper KRS-One, of which Computerworld provides a screen shot.

The home page for the firm is now a server default page.

A Gawker post says the law firm had no idea its site had been hacked until informed by a call from the blog seeking comment, which was not immediately provided.

Agence France-Presse says a receptionist for the law firm confirmed that its website is offline and said Puckett & Faraj would make no immediate statement.

Meanwhile, Anonymous also claims to have intercepted a conference call today between the FBI and Scotland Yard and defaced websites for the Boston police department and the Greek ministry of justice, according to Forbes.

New York magazine and the Washington Post also have stories.

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