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We Live Security Doesn't Live Research

May 17, 2014 10:48 AM • Opinion, Politics

Update: The author removed the relevant section from his article and promised to make corrections to it before re-publishing it.


A blog titled We Live Security posted an article and mentioned my arrest and the incidents surrounding it. The piece was Think cybercriminals are “evil geniuses”? Wrong – and these 5 idiots show why; the relevant excerpt which I have reproduced below in case the author decides to delete everything to save face.

‘I have had a very bad day,’ Tweets man who hacks FBI

Sadly, that was VoodooKobra's very last Tweet before he was arrested — fairly understandable, since the bold snake-monikered Anonymous member had hacked into not only an FBI site, but one about the fight against cybercrime. One of the things most humans learn around the time they pick up the idea that walking in front of speeding trucks is a bad idea is that policemen — wherever you are — don't like you laughing at them. The 21-year-old bragged openly on Twitter about his crimes. Then he stopped laughing, and the Feds started, through a set of bars — in VoodooKobra's case, for three-and-a-half years, the Miami New Times reported. The damage the hacker caused was minimal prosecutors said — but that Twitter handle alone justified hard time in jail

I've written about this before, and my side of the story was even published in 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. The court documents surrounding my case are all publicly available. Furthermore, the contact information on my website (which should be the #1 result on Google for "Scott Arciszewski" depending on your filter bubble) is up-to-date.

At any point in time, Rob Waugh could have learned the facts of the case, or reached out to me for any sort of interview. Instead, he opted to be lazy. So let's comb through this half-baked literary ejaculation and extract the falsehoods.

  • Sadly, that was VoodooKobra's very last Tweet before he was arrested - Nope! That was my first tweet after I was released from custody. Completely wrong from the get-go.
  • The 21-year-old bragged openly on Twitter about his crimes - What crimes? You used a plural noun there, what other crimes have I committed? I broke the law by examining Infragard's system without their permission, and angered them by going, "Hey everybody look, Sylint Corporation is incompetent at even the most basic of cybersecurity operations: updating software!" Did I fuck up? You bet. But only once.
  • Then he stopped laughing, and the Feds started, through a set of bars — in VoodooKobra's case, for three-and-a-half years, the Miami New Times reported - I'm not sure how reliable of a source about:blank is, but this is not only false but also logically impossible. It hasn't even been three years since the incident occurred. I spent 8 hours in custody and was released to return to my dorm. My sentence was six months of house arrest, five years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and over $9000 in restitution.

I feel it's important to emphasize a point. When I first saw my Pre-Sentence Report, Sylint had claimed over $32,000 in damages for June 16-24, 2011 for an intrusion that occurred on June 21, 2011. When I protested, they amended it to June 21-27 and dropped the damage to $9,370. Shortly afterwards, a group calling themselves the Brick Squad claimed I gave LulzSec access to Infragard Atlanta, even though they hacked it 2 weeks prior.

My point is this: This yellow journalism is not the first time I've been accused of violating causality and/or having a time machine, but I'm getting real sick of it.

If you're going to call me an idiot for making dumb mistakes, fine. I agree with you; I was fucking stupid. But don't be an even bigger idiot when you're saying it. That's just disgraceful.

If any real journalists have any questions about this non-story, what the hell, shoot me an email. Slow news days happen.

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