Barrett Brown is a criminal connected to Anonymous, a group that hacked a private security firm to reveal secrets. He is now out and living in a halfway house in Dallas.
He had time while spending a year in a prison cell thinking about what he might do when he got out.
He says he is now ready to change, so next time he gets involved in hacking a corporation he is able to inflict maximum damage.
“Certainly, I haven’t gotten any less militant in the course of having these things done to me,” Brown says.
Most hacktivists operate in the shadows, so Brown offers the best look at these cyber-revolutionaries and their motivations.
Brown says he hates arbitrary power and always has. He is an anarchist who believes the U.S. government is fundamentally corrupt. And he says most Americans are too complacent to do anything about it.
“That’s what … in part brings me to contempt for the American citizenry,” he says. “Obviously, I have no respect for the laws, for the government or for the voters.”
Instead, he says, his own code of values drives him.
In 2006, Brown saw a potential outlet for his anarchist dreams — the hacktivist group Anonymous. It was leaderless, crowdsourced and militant.
Brown says he is now developing a program called Pursuance, which he says will take hacktivism into the future. It is encrypted and capable of recruiting groups of hackers.
A scary thought.
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