- participate in a DNS attack,
- load a virus or other maliciously destructive software,
- violate the privacy of an individual, group, corporation, etc. they've targeted,
- steal and/or tamper with data or software code,
They've committed an illegal act and should be held accountable including prison time.
Something which remains to be seen.
I don't know him, but what little information I've been able to pick up on his activities through Internet searches gives me serious cause for concern, despite the confidence displayed by his friends.
Friends who, while I'm sure they're nice and for the most part honest, sincere and caring people, obviously have an emotional stake in this cause and are unlikely to be able to see this situation as objectively as an outsider would.
That said, there is a concept held by some hackers, called Full Disclosure which could have an impact and which I'll be discussing in another blog.
One of the difficulties in the Byron Sonne situation is that the Bail Hearing was held under a publication ban at Sonne's lawyers request.
So it's currently impossible to make a rational decision based on actual facts, regarding whether or not Sonne's actions were reasonable in the context of IT culture and based on the facts that I do have I can't in good conscience defend his actions.
Originally published July 24 (8:54AM). Republished August 8 with revisions.