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Ryan Cleary, the alleged hacker behind the attack on Soca's website, has been freed on bail. Cleary denies the charge. He is also accused of using denial of service attacks against websites run by copyright lobbyists the British Phonographic Industry and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The 19-year …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Why make a big deal of a disability?

    Why do you have to make a point about this persons disability? Autisim is not great for those that have the condition and not great for the people who have to care for autistic people. The media hype around this condition is not helping the majority of families with autistic family members. Shame on you.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

      Re: Why make a big deal of a disability?

      In this instance I think it counts as mitigation, actually.

      1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: Re: Why make a big deal of a disability?

        And it's been brought up, so it's relevant, but no one's having a pop, OK?

        While I'm here - hey, everyone! Let's see who can win a prize for not being a total dick in this thread.

        1. Anonymous Coward 101

          Cleary's lawyer...

          ...was the one making a big deal of the Asperger's.

          Obviously agoraphobia wasn't cutting it.

          1. Code Monkey

            Re: Obviously agoraphobia wasn't cutting it

            Agoraphobia is hardly grounds for an early release from remand

        2. Evil Auditor Silver badge

          @Sarah Bee re prize

          Well, first I'd like to know what the prize will be.

          (I guess I just lost, didn't I?)

      2. Jeremy 2

        @Sarah Bee

        "In this instance I think it counts as mitigation, actually."

        Evidently it does... but it bloody well shouldn't.

        I have *never* met a person with AS (and I have known many, myself included) who does not know the difference between right and wrong.

        Even if he doesn't understand the difference between right and wrong, you can bet your damn life he knows that hacking is illegal.

        Using a conveniently rapidly obtained AS diagnosis in mitigation against criminal charges is disgraceful. I say "conveniently rapidly" because it's worth pointing out that it usually takes months or even years for an adult to get a proper DX in the UK.

        (let the thumbs-downing commence!)

  2. Scapegoat
    Thumb Down

    Just to be clear

    While Asperger's Syndrome is on the autistic spectrum, it's factually incorrect to call him autistic.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Well ...

      NAS disagree with you ...

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      2. Anonymous Coward

        And so does the Mayo Clinic.

        That being else can we all vilify this poor waif...and STILL be eligible for Sara's prize?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother

    @ AC 08:51

    Asperger's isn't so bad. I have it myself, it needn't be life-affecting, and the consequent boosts in analytical ability and logical processing can be quite the boon. Innate social skills can and do take a hit, but rote learning and a healthy application of logic (even if most human beings aren't logical) really helps. And if you can't tie your own shoe-laces, slip-ons are incredibly useful.

    But back to the point in question- why couldn't they have done this for Gary McKinnon? At least then those baying for his blood would see the public gesture of the tag, the house arrest/curfew and ban on internet access.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I have to wonder

    From what I've seen, Aspergers seems very like one of those conditions that it is very easy to get yourself diagnosed with if you have a vested interest, like say not going to prison.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      @AC 09:21

      Well, looks like you don't win any prizes for not being a dick.

      1. Anonymous Coward 101

        @AC 09:34

        AC 09:21 is correct.

        Want free cash after suffering a minor rear end shunt in a car? Get whiplash.

        Want extra time to complete an exam? Get dyslexia.

        Want to get out of jail for killing 270 people in a certain Scottish town? Get a prognosis of only three months to live due to cancer.

        Want an easy time after getting done for hacking? Get Asperger's.

        Given that diagnosis will result in good things being bestowed upon the alleged sufferer, we should be a little bit more skeptical about the diagnosis.

        Is the diagnosis correct? Is the alleged diagnosis actually as bad as the sufferer says, given they now have a vested interest in showing more severe symptoms?

    2. My Alter Ego

      Re: I have to wonder

      You're not the only one. My mother's a psychologist, originally working for the drug service in inner city Dublin (some great stories from that), but now as a child psychologist, mainly doing assessments. When Aspergers "hit the scene", suddenly she was saying anyone who was a little nerdy and asocial had it. She was seriously unimpressed when I described it as the "new black".

      As far as I can see, the psych* professions love fitting people into boxes (metaphorical, that is), and they always jump at the chance to use the newly found one.

    3. Graham Dawson Silver badge


      You know why so many cracker types are diagnosed with aspergers? Because it tends to produce cracker types. The combination of high intelligence, obsessive knowledge-seeking and reduced social awareness are classic symptoms of both aspergers and the stereotypical computer nerd. An aspergers brain is thought to have certain structures doubled up, making them highly sensitive to external stimuli, which essentially forces them to retreat into the most controlled environment they can find - one that doesn't have "real" people in it.

      However, like adhd and bipolar disorder in the 90s, it's become something of a self-diagnosed "solution" for people who want cover for acting like arsholes on the internet. About half of anon probably self-diagnoses as aspergic when most of them are just pricks. Tough problem to crack, but you can usually tell the fake from the real deal. Aspies are obsessive by nature, as obsessive focus on a single task or subject is the only way they can filter out unwanted stimuli. The way to tell an aspie from a prick on the internet is to observe their behaviour: if they bore easily and constantly move from subject to subject, they probably aren't an aspie.

      Bearing in mine much of this is, of course, subjective and based on observations of my wife and associates who have been officially diagnosed with aspergers.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Jesus. Christ.

        "About half of anon probably self-diagnoses as aspergic when most of them are just pricks. Tough problem to crack, but you can usually tell the fake from the real deal."

        Words fail me.

      2. Petrea Mitchell

        Re: Wrong!

        "You know why so many cracker types are diagnosed with aspergers? Because it tends to produce cracker types."

        Well, sort of...

        People with AS aren't completely insensitive to social information, and so a common coping strategy for people with undiagnosed AS is to select a restricted set of behaviors or interests that cause a minimum of negative feedback from others. If one is a white male from a middle-class or well-to-do family, the nerd is a pretty safe archetype.

        If one isn't, then there are other safe configurations. But this then leads to underdiagnosis because of the AS == nerd popular stereotype. For instance, a large number of the missing girls with mild autism have recently been found hiding under the eating-disorder label, which is completely obvious in hindsight. After all, what is generally considered a safe area of obsession for girls?

        (How do we know they were missing? While the overall rate of autism diagnosis in girls is much smaller than that for boys, severe autism is diagnosed at about the same rate in both genders.)

        This isn't to say everyone retreats into the safe zones; there are a certain number of white male non-nerds with AS as well, which is another reason ditching the stereotype is good.

        Since we're checking credentials, I can attest both practical experience (knowing people with genuine certified AS for a long time) and book-learning (if you're specializing into human-computer interaction, you need to learn how people work).

    4. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

      I think

      I'm not sure, but I think I saw one report, possibly mistaken, that implied he was examined and diagnosed after he was arrested. I've got it for real but it's probably fairly easy to fake, like being tone deaf. And it's not an excuse.

      1. Petrea Mitchell

        Re: I thnk

        "I've got it for real but it's probably fairly easy to fake, like being tone deaf."

        I would think it's pretty hard, actually, given a competent psychologist. Some of the mental software that comes pre-loaded into non-autistic people is really, really hard to fight because it operates without the person even being consciously aware of it.

        I'm not saying it's impossible, but perfecting it would probably eat up an awful lot of valuable hacking time.

    5. Anonymous John


      Like depression and OCD if you are a police dog handler.

      1. Anonymous Coward
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        Another get out of jail card

        Alzheimer's and insider dealing anyone?

  5. Dale Morgan

    it wont help him

    hasn't done mckinnon any good, hes lost every appeal even with his aspergers, even though he admitted he did wrong and just wanted to be tried in the UK

    this ryan kid is going down, for a long time, guilty or not the soca thing is irrelevant, you can bet the justice system will make an example of him as a deterrent to anyone else thinking of hosting IRC networks for criminal organisations.

    You wouldn't open your home up as a safe haven for terrorists so why did he open up his pc as a safe haven for lulzsec?

    1. DrXym Silver badge

      It shouldn't help him either

      Aspergers / agrophobia doesn't mean someone cannot tell right from wrong, nor does it mean the sufferer isn't an immature dick who thinks it funny to attack websites for the lulz.

      1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: It shouldn't help him either

        Did I forget to welcome all our eminent autism experts to this thread? What an appalling oversight on my part!

        1. DrXym Silver badge


          The symptoms of aspergers are widely described. "Lack of moral compass" is not one of the main symptoms and most aspergers are extremely moral as one might expect. Mr Cleary would have to demonstrate that he couldn't tell right from wrong to use it as a defence which might be a tad hard if it transpired he used crypto, proxies, tor etc. at any point to cover his tracks. That sort of premeditation won't look good at all in his defence.

          1. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

            If we grant the point, morality isn't absolute.

            If you're NA (apparently used in the Asperger's community to stand for "neurologically atypical", i.e. them, and to distinguish from NA ("not autistic"), yes), you may be ill equipped for violating the social code and therefore behaving in "safe" ways, but that doesn't make you ethical in an absolute sense, because there isn't one. You will just behave as you're brought up, and if that includes despising racial minorities or defrauding the welfare agency, that's what you'll do. It's also a stereotype situation that parents don't worry about what offspring is doing with the home computer, so no moral guidance applies there.

            You may be also focussed on what you want to do and what you want to get without consideration for anyone else's wants which you don't fully understand anyway, but maybe that's just me?

  6. Anonymous Coward

    I've just done a bit of Daily Mail-level analysis

    Based on a sample of two (and no-one's quite sure about Kevin Mitnick), all aspies are dangerous hackers and should be interned.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Internment? Hang 'em all, I say"

      This is precisely why the "oh dearz I've been a bad boy but I'm an Aspie so plz let me off" thing does the real Aspergers/ASD community a great deal of harm.

      My son is a genuine, professionally-diagnosed, conscientious and hardworking member of society working in an IT-related job that requires extreme attention to data privacy. Every time another skiddy plays the Aspie card, he wonders how much longer it will be until he gets sacked as a security risk.

      Pro-tip for all the pretend Aspies out there: the vast majority of real Aspergers sufferers have an extreme, almost pathological desire to not break the law. They are also as incapable of lying as Spock.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        Spock lied when it was the logical choice

        Anyway, your use of "the vast majority" directly implies that you know that there are a minority who behave in a different way to your son.

        Just because your son is in the majority, you can't assume that all Aspies will behave like him. Every case is different.

        1. DrXym Silver badge

          "Vast majority"

          "Anyway, your use of "the vast majority" directly implies that you know that there are a minority who behave in a different way to your son."

          As there is with any condition. The vast majority of diabetics are lawful citizens. That doesn't mean you can't find diabetics in prison for murder. Does it mean diabetes make one predisposed to murder? Does it make it a valid defence for said murder?

      2. Matt Siddall


        Spock was fully capable of lying. He just mostly chose not to as it would not make logical sense to do so.

        See for example the city on the edge of forever and this side of paradise.

        1. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

          Maybe AC0958 meant Dr Benjamin Spock

          And "The Menagerie", "Amok Time", "The Enterprise Incident"...

          I saw someone on TV once who had memorised all the star dates. Well, there only are 79 episodes.

          You wouldn't be amazed how little of this I'm having to look up. I owe to "TV Tropes", the Great Thief of Time, the information that you're first told Vulcans can't lie in "The Enterprise Incident", whilst being shown that one (half-)Vulcan is having a jolly good try at it. "Vulcan death grip" - go kiss a tribble.

          Now, Benjamin Spock... evidently he spearheaded a movement away from the "Laconian" school of thought on baby and child care and towards actually liking the little beggars. I believe I recall he was latterly reported as regretting his part in bringing about Baby Boomers, or something like that.

  7. Anonymous Coward

    Get real

    Most autistic people are very disabled - many need 24 hour care. Lets stop making it a great thing to have.

  8. HP Cynic


    His Mum/him/his Solicitors made a big point of it as a means to somehow absolve him of all blame or at least have him treated more leniently i.e. he can't "cope" with being jailed / extradited.

    Sounds like there's no attempt to deny guilt just attempts to mitigate the punishment.

  9. Homer 1


    He's just a kid who hosted an IRC server. Branding him a "terrorist" is sensationalist hysteria, putting it mildly.

    In fact the entire group he's (very loosely) associated with is not exactly Al-Qaeda, they're just a bunch of techno-anarchists exposing apathetic security and corrupt governments/corporations.

    Frankly I think those they attacked are less morally defensible than the attackers. AFAIAC their actions are no more reprehensible than that of the French Resistance during WWII, or any other dissident/resistance movement. I suppose that makes ME a "terrorist" too, by some McCarthyistic standards.

    1. Turtle


      "AFAIAC their actions are no more reprehensible than that of the French Resistance during WWII..."

      Uh, do you actually know anything about World War II?

    2. Adam West

      no more reprehensible

      The French Resistance (almost certainly not as a whole, but enough for the following arguement to be valid) used to go around murdering French women who willingly engaged in relationships with and/or got pregnant by German armed forces. So youre suggesting that the misdeeds of lulzsec and co are around that level?

      So either youre saying that its ok to kill women and children, or youre saying thats how bad lulzsec is. Which one?

    3. Anonymous Coward 101

      Homer 1

      Branding him a "terrorist" would be sensationalist hysteria, if anybody actually was branding him a terrorist. 'Silly boy' would appear to be a reasonable opinion.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @Homer 1

      Th French resistance thing? You are aware that the sole raison d'etre of the various French resistance movements was to stockpile weapons and ammunition whilst waiting for the allies to defeat the Nazis so that they (the French) could get on with the important business of fighting each other to determine who would rule after liberation.

      However, to address the points you so very nearly made: (1) once we accept vigilantism as a valid means of enforcing law and order we have effectively abandoned law and order and (2) the differentiation between freedom fighter and terrorist is determined by two factors: who we like and who wins - anti-government protester in London throws a fire extinguisher at the police = nasty criminal and should be sent to prison, anti-government protester in Libya fires BFG at police = brave freedom fighter.

      1. Shakje


        If the protesters in Libya have BFGs we have more to worry about than some little hacking organisation. DO WE EVEN HAVE A PLASMA CANNON? Da na da naa da na da nanana da na da naa da na da naaaa

    5. DrXym Silver badge

      It's the level of involvement that matters

      "He's just a kid who hosted an IRC server. Branding him a "terrorist" is sensationalist hysteria, putting it mildly."

      I think terrorist is the wrong word here but if he is an accomplice and possibly even an active participant then why should he be absolved of wrongdoing?

      If you let some crims plan their blags in your parlour room, so to speak then you're going to get done as an accessory. His only defence is if his IRC hosted hundreds of legit rooms and could claim to be a carrier rather than a participant. If it turns out his IRC was hosting a handful of chats related to hacking, what's his defence then?

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "He just hosted an IRC server"

      @Homer 1, I'm not sure why you keep repeating that all Ryan did was host an IRC server.

      The allegations are that he was actively involved in DDoS attacks and there are many more allegations and unconfirmed chat logs which go back years, seemingly supporting the allegations.

      You're the only one who keeps saying "All he did was host an IRC server". But who knows, you could be right and the hundreds/thousands of people who've written about Ryan and his alleged crimes over the years could all be wrong.

      We'll see what the courts decide.

  10. Daniel Grout

    Being a dick

    I have a son with ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and whilst he is not a classic Kanner type - he is still not high-functioning.

    Aspergers is high functioning ASD and there is a world of difference between that and where my son lies AND then another world between where my son is and where people with low-functioning ASD are.

    It is sometimes disingenuous to label every part of the spectrum as "Autism," as the range is so vast.

    It is a strange coincidence that he only gets diagnosed now. I suspect that it was a private diagnosis.

    From personal experience a full NHS diagnosis takes up to a year and involves many people: Paediatrician, Speech and Language, Ocupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, teachers and psychologists.

  11. a cynic writes...

    Count's to 10...

    Ok - let's go through it one more time.

    (1)The "he only hosted an irc server" is a misquote from lulzsec. They actually said he wasn't a member and only hosted one of their irc servers. They had nothing to say about anything else he may have done. What he's charged with is playing silly buggers with a botnet, not being a member of lulzsec.

    (2) The guy's had "issues" since he was small. Diagnosis of the sort of disorders we talking about is a bit hit and miss (see last week's New Scientist article "Bipolar Kids") and we could reasonably argue about what label to pin on him but you don't end up at an EBD school if you're playing with a full deck. Unless you all think he was planning his future defence aged 5.

    (3) <Monty Python Brigadier Mode>Finally if convicted most people get a suspended sentence, a fine and community service. Cries of "Hang the bastard" and "help, help he's being oppressed" are just silly.</MPBM>

    1. Anonymous Coward

      "playing silly buggers with a botnet"

      Exactly, and he claimed to own a big one many times (so I am told).

      If I was him I'd be claiming insanity to get the sentence reduced. You'd be mad not to. Er . . .

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  13. Anonymous Coward
    IT Angle

    Trying not to be a Dick, Mistress Bee.

    Though it may not seem like it to some, this is a genuine question:

    Why is it that our profession attracts so many people suffering from various disorders, or is that in itself a stereotype? Does the nature of some of our work reinforce certain behaviours that others would find unacceptable, or does it accept the and welcome issues that arise because of the skill and quality of work undertaken? Is our profession representative of the populace or is it that we are more aware of those around us in our daily work?

    If there are indeed relatively more people on the Autistic Spectrum who find the darker side of our profession attractive, how can we (the collective we), help them to turn their skills and experiences to the benefit of humanity rather than to self destruction?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      @AC 11:45

      Professions attract different types. Why am I in networking and not say, a shop assistant, or actor, or musician or policeman or doctor or whatever? Well that is an important question.

      In my case I tended towards IT for a number of reasons, it was the late 80s and everyone thought being a programmer would be a path to easy riches, I wanted a career rather than a job, I wanted to be paid well, I wanted to do something "interesting", I didn't want to have to put in the work needed to become a doctor or chemical engineer or architect or similar and I didn't want a job where I would be dealing with members of the public to any degree. I then ended up in networks because I was shite at programming but good at infrastructure and problem solving.

      On the face of it, many IT related functions can be characterised as requiring high levels of analysis, accuracy, quality and logical problem solving whilst simultaneously requiring relatively low levels of interpersonal interaction - this fits very damn well in with people suffering with milder forms of Asperger's type conditions.

      I don't think it is IT that reinforces those behaviours as much as those behaviours are either beneficial or non-detrimental to working in many IT related fields - look at teaching (say), it is beneficial to like children to be a teacher but I can't see a few years in an inner-city comprehensive school making anyone like children more than when they started the job.

      Why should we (as an IT profession) be responsible for skiddies turning bad? That is as absurd as blaming the gun manufacturers for people committing spree killings or blaming Playboy for rapists. As a society we need a better system of identifying and then supporting people with behavioural problems (and appropriate punishments for transgressors) - but that is something the justice, medical and social care professions need to address really.

  14. Anonymous Coward


    Actually, the first words out my mouth when the douchebag got his collar felt was "let's see you do a McKinnon on this one then"

    And funnily enough, his solicitor seemed to think exactly the same thing.

    Still I suppose the prospect of being extradited to the USA, stuck in an orange jumpsuit and locked in a small cell with Bubba (your ever so friendly but violent gang banger cellmate) for 175 years of bum sex would drive anyone to make sh*t up to avoid it.

    The underpants on your head and two pencils up your nose just doesn't cut it any more.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    And the point being missed here?

    Is that he's pleaded "not guilty". Tried in a court of law, the evidence will be weighed and an reasonable attempt will be made to get at the truth. If found guilty, a fear an example will be made which is fair enough as examples are sometimes required. Tried in the court of popular opinion, he'll be deported to the roughest state pen the US as to offer. Tried in the court of the Daily Mail, he will surely hang.

    1. Anonymous Coward 101


      1) I'm not sure public opinion wants to Cleary sent to a rough US state pen.

      2) I don't think there is any possibility Cleary being sent to a rough US pen.

      3) The court of public opinion is fickle. For example, with Gary McKinnon, court after court after court said he should be extradited, but public opinion took no heed and demanded the charges be dropped. The only reason he hasn't been extradited (yet) is because he pulled the Asperger's trick in 2008, long after the whole affair began. Incidentally, the Daily Mail thinks GM shouldn't be extradited, correctly gauging the mood of public opinion.

      1. Anonymous Coward

        the court of public opinion

        Said the bint was the best ever, weren't she? Let's 'ave 'er back then for another round.

  16. Alan Brown Silver badge


    And Anonymous and most of the other high profile groups out there....

    .... simply like giving organisations who should know better some very public wedgies.

    GIven the blowoffs I've had when trying to warn some of those same organisations of security issues, I can understand why they do it.

    It's better they're doing this than what _real_ criminal hackers are up to, inasmuch as covering their tracks and attempting to profit from the activity - this kind of stuff is much easier for outfits to deny happening.

    Lulzsec et al are (annoying, obnoxious, whatever) but given the plethora of organisations who try to play ostrich they are a necessary component of the Internet. For every one of them there are 10 or more criminal groups who're quetly hacking away to make money and rely on that ostrich tendency to stay in business.

    FWIW in japan in the 1990s the only reliable way we found of getting open relays which were being abused by the likes of Sanford Wallace fixed was to pass the details to Japanese media. Orders would come down from management within minutes of being contacted by NHK about such problems, vs japanese admins either ignoring the issue or simply trying to shoot the messenger.

    Nowadays it seems that many corporate/governmental IT admins only react when shat upon from a great height. Competency issues abound and some of the statements made by the organisations are just plain laughable.

    There would be more effect upon network security by investigating companies and government orgs with gaping holes rather than the noisy minority who're pointing them out, but shooting the messenger has always been a favourite pasttime and cultures of denials are still firmly in place.

  17. Homer 1
    Big Brother

    Hornet's nest

    Well, it seems my sympathetic comments caused a bit of a storm. I may be pissing in the wind, but here goes:

    @Adam West: "The French Resistance ... used to go around murdering French women who willingly engaged in relationships with and/or got pregnant by German armed forces."

    Yes, and we used to hang traitors in the UK too. Are you suggesting that fraternising with or aiding and abetting the enemy is acceptable?

    Stigmatising the French Resistance as a bunch of murderers is highly disingenuous, unless you believe every soldier who ever pulled a trigger is also a murderer.

    AFAIAC techno-anarchists are nothing more than dissidents in an every increasingly corrupt society, and their actions are entirely justified.

    @Lee: "once we accept vigilantism as a valid means of enforcing law and order we have effectively abandoned law and order"

    Actually it was the government that abandoned law and order when it abandoned the civil and human rights of it's citizens, and sold those rights to corporations (Lockheed Martin's involvement in the UK census, as just one of many examples). AFAIAC all bets are now off.

    @Anonymous Coward 101: "if anybody actually was branding him a terrorist"

    See Dale Morgan's comment, entitled "it wont help him".

    @DrXym: "I think terrorist is the wrong word here but if he is an accomplice and possibly even an active participant then why should he be absolved of wrongdoing?"

    That depends on which side of this situation you believe is actually "wrong", the corrupt institutions protected by law, or the dissidents fighting them.

  18. Anonymous Coward

    Political dissidents?

    I think not actually.

    For such a spree of mayhem to have any genuine direction it needs to have a coherent agenda and goal.

    If you look at the target list here, there simply isn't one even fathomable, let alone stated.

    Nope, this is just techno-vandalism of low hanging fruit, so don't just try to dress it up as a political struggle.

  19. Homer 1
    Big Brother

    Limiting concerns for the sake of "coherence"?

    "For such a spree of mayhem to have any genuine direction it needs to have a coherent agenda and goal."

    In your opinion.

    Personally, I take issue with many different political, commercial and sociological developments around the world, which can't be easily summed up as a single agenda (unless I were really paranoid). Does that make me a "vandal", or just a concerned citizen? Am I supposed to limit my interests, and my active pursuit of those interests, simply to avoid being branded a "vandal"? That's a rather narrow-minded view, to say the least.

    The coherence of one's concerns, and the level of organisation with which one addresses those concerns, is irrelevant to the validity of the fundamental principles that caused those concerns. If anything, it's little more than a measure of one's organisational competence.

    Accuse LulzSec (and Anonymous) of being disorganised, if you want, but please don't use that as an excuse to invalidate their motives by dismissing them as mere "vandals". The terms "vandal" and "terrorist" are largely subjective. One man's terrorist is another man's soldier. The only difference lies in which side one supports: the corrupt side with all the money and power (and corresponding organisational abilities), or its disparate and disorganised victims.

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