More and More the Soviet Union Every Day
Anderson announced the charges, in conjunction with federal officials from the FBI, the Secret Service, the IRS, and the UK's National Crime Agency.
"There is a false belief within the criminal hacker community that attacks like the Twitter hack can be perpetrated anonymously and without consequence,” he said in a statement. "Today's charging announcement demonstrates that the elation of nefarious hacking into a secure environment for fun or profit will be short-lived."
Grinding pomposities such as this sound better when not from some parochial local petty official: 'US Attorney for the Northern District of California' has all the dignitas of 'Chief Spokesperson, Milton Keynes Trading Standards'.
Particularly if you start with demented nonsense such as: "Increasingly we rely on platforms like Twitter to receive news and other information that is important to our lives,"
Not in the slightest.
And 'Wire Fraud' is always bogus bollocks anyway, tacked on to plump up alleged crime and add penalties.
The minor defendant is being prosecuted as an adult, the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office said, "because Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in financial fraud cases such as this when appropriate."
Of course he is. Why permit legal protections for different classes of persons if they get in the way of a conviction ? Plus of course, if a 15 yr-old mugs someone and beats them up he will be charged as a child; if he commits Financial Fraud --- the very worst kind of fraud there is --- he will be charged as an adult. Almost as if the American God is Money.
But it was a funny prank, and if the targets hadn't been beloved Liberal Legends then we would have had a Hollywood Caper movie to look forward to starring Mr. Hanks, Mr. Clooney and up and coming whatevers, with dedicated young beautiful FBI agents and Justice officials tracking the miscreants down.
A cross between War Games and Ocean's Eleven.