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Anonymous Hacker Gets Lost At Sea, Rescued, Then Arrested ( 116

An anonymous reader writes: Martin Gottesfeld, 31, from Somerville, Massachusetts, was arrested by FBI agents after being rescued at sea in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the FBI, Mr. Gottsfeld was under investigation after launching a series of cyber-attacks against Boston Children's Hospital in 2014, as part of the Anonymous hacker collective. Gottesfeld and his wife were found in a sailboat, near the coast of Cuba, with lots of luggage and 3 laptops. A Disney Cruise ship took them to the Bahamas, where FBI agents took him into custody.
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Anonymous Hacker Gets Lost At Sea, Rescued, Then Arrested

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  • by sittingnut ( 88521 ) <sittingnut&gmail,com> on Friday February 19, 2016 @04:51AM (#51540105) Homepage

    as time went on Anonymous increasingly became a tool of western 'liberal' establishment pushing its ideology against outsiders.
    for example, it, becoming prosecutor, judge, and executioner, tried to take down twitter accounts (branded as isis supporters) of those protesting and resisting( by definition through a non violent platform of tweets) western crimes, torture camps, invasions, etc.. it tried to do the same for outsider candidate trump. in contrast Anonymous has not done anything against establishment criminals like clintons, or members of western military drone killing children in countries it invaded , or those running the torture camps illegally.

    • Are you claiming ISIS are the good guys who are just resisting Western imperialism?

      You know that they are so insanely, aggressively viciously violent that even the "west's" formerly most reviled terrorist group (Al Queda) denounced them. Whatever you think aout the Clintons, ISIS is much, much worse.

      You're also falling into the logical fallacy of claiming something is bad because it doesn't address every possible problem simultaneously and/or the problems that you consider to be particularly important. It i

  • by Bruce66423 ( 1678196 ) on Friday February 19, 2016 @04:59AM (#51540127)
    " the Bahamas, where FBI agents took him into custody". There - and I thought that it was an independent country. Will they be getting Medicare soon?
    • Miami (Score:5, Informative)

      by jklovanc ( 1603149 ) on Friday February 19, 2016 @05:34AM (#51540227)

      According to a couple [] of reports [] he was arrested in Miami.

    • I thought that [the Bahamas] was an independent country.

      the Bahamas is located right off the coast of Florida and are reliant on the US for tourism. they wouldn't do anything to jeopardize relations with the US.

      Will they be getting Medicare soon?

      will you shut up if i answer, "yes"?

    • " the Bahamas, where FBI agents took him into custody". There - and I thought that it was an independent country. Will they be getting Medicare soon?

      The FBI has agents in embassies around the world, where ether coordinate with local law enforcement. The Bahamas probably simply decided to let the FBI take them rather than arrest them themselves and then go through extradition proceedings.

    • Clearly, he should have been given a plane ticket to the US and told to turn himself in. What could go wrong?

  • to Cuba (except for the piss-poor Internet), but why the hell was a Disney ship near Cuba?

    • cuba is quite close the florida and they probably heard a distress call
    • by Dutch Gun ( 899105 ) on Friday February 19, 2016 @05:23AM (#51540199)

      The Disney Caribbean cruise travels first to a port in Mexico, then essentially sails around to the other side of Cuba to either Grand Cayman and/or Jamaica, depending on the cruise you book. All the interesting islands in the Caribbean essentially surround Cuba. See for yourself: []

      • by phayes ( 202222 )

        All the interesting islands in the Caribbean essentially surround Cuba.

        Are you trying to claim that Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, St Johns, Anguilla, St Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, etc are of no interest or are you claiming that all the the windward and leeward islands that all lie far east of Cuba somehow "surround" it ?

      • Because of the trade embargo with Cuba, all these small islands thrived in US tourist traffic. Now that Cuba is opening up, a very strong tourism industry will develop in Cuba and most of these tiny tourist spots might lose significant revenue. Would not be surprised if these tiny islands become affordable [*] to the bottom half of the top 1% in the next two decades.

        [*] I mean affordable for purchase, not merely visit. The whole island, not some minor property therein.

    • by Xest ( 935314 )

      How else do you think Obama managed to get Cuba to come in from the cold and start warming ties with the US? They finally relented and offered him anything he wanted if they'd just stop torturing their island after he blasted the Frozen song at them off the coast for the 3087th time whilst they were forced to watch a hundred Mickey Mouses dance around on the deck every time they tried to simply enjoy their beautiful beaches.

  • by cyber-vandal ( 148830 ) on Friday February 19, 2016 @05:59AM (#51540275) Homepage

    Gottesfield and his wife

  • But attacking a childrens hospital because of one particular case that Mr Self Appointed Judge and Jury clearly had issues with is really setting a new low bar. I honestly hope they put him in a cell with Big Bubba and throw away the key. And at 31 years old the guy needs to grow the fuck up fast. This is the sort of shit that teenagers pull, not a supposed adult.

    • Pretty much for jailing any of these outlaws that act independently to interfere with others on their own. Doesn't matter who they're interfering with, don't care if its bin Laden, doesn't matter, they don't have the right to act independently and maliciously. If they want to make a difference to wrongdoers, they can gather data and tell the FBI to "sic 'em."

  • by argStyopa ( 232550 ) on Friday February 19, 2016 @09:23AM (#51540785) Journal

    ...make an example of him.

    At some point we seem to have recognized how vitally important networks and computers have become to our system, but we still pretty much treat hacking as a minor (if not outright trivial) crime.

    Then again, I'm for capital punishment because if you have 7+ billion of ANYTHING, they're demonstrably not precious.

  • Since they are not going to be needing it anymore, can I have their boat?

    What? I like to sail.
  • I am curious about the backstory to this attempted escape more than the foolishness of his hacking that put him in the crosshairs.

    Like, where did he get the boat? Was it stolen? Borrowed?
    Was it seaworthy? Sail or power? Where did they leave from?

    My guess is that they took off and tried crossing the gulf stream during a period when the wind was contrary and got tossed. The wife then tossed her cookies and probably demanded they get rescued.

    Knowing how things operate down there, they probably had eyes on the

  • You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Clearly not very anonymous, if they knew exactly who he was and what he was doing, to arrest him...

  • While I think sentencing for hax0ring and in general has gotten way out of hand the DDOS attacks are just lame. They require no skill, have no class and closely resemble whiney little entitled bitches pouting.

    If they had defaced the hospitals website with some class in response to an action of the hospital they believed to be unjust I would be far less critical.

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