What, me a hacker?! Target of international manhunt speaks!

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A target of a global sting on an elusive group of computer hackers this week said he has no idea why feds banged down the door of his former apartment in Bushwick as part of coordinated international manhunt on Tuesday.

Authorities stormed a loft building on McKibbin Street as part of the siege against the intercontinental hacker group Anonymous — and were apparently looking for Garrett Deming, 25, and his roommates.

But to Deming, lead singer of the band Broken Glow and assistant manager at Greene Grape Provisions in Fort Greene, that does not compute.

“I can barely turn my computer on. Any of our computer use is for band promotion stuff,” he said.

Authorities netted 16 alleged hackers across the globe, but ironically, Deming’s roommate, Brenner Eugenides, may have been one of the victims, not one of the perpetrators. He said his Gmail account had been hacked, which could explain why the FBI stormed his former abode.

“There was a bunch of weird Paypal stuff that came up,” he said. “Someone clearly had access to my information.”

Authorities say that Anonymous did attack Paypal after the online payment company stopped accepting donations for the whistle-blower site Wikileaks in November.

Deming said the confusion may stem from the fact that his wireless network had not been password-protected, allowing others to possibly access it and arousing FBI suspicion.

And experts say that’s totally possible.

“If someone cracks into that service and does something illegal or ethical, if that gets tracked, it will get tracked back to the person that owns the Internet, which is you, not them,” said Robert Diamond, a software developer and member of the Brooklyn hacker collective Alpha One Labs.

Deming and Eugenides lived in the fifth-floor apartment at the McKibbin Lofts with their band for a year, but moved to Bed-Stuy a few weeks ago when their lease was up.

The current tenant told us that the agents were looking for the band.

“They asked me about the wireless and whether I was stealing the Internet. They asked if any of my roommates were good with computers,” said Meaghan Ralph, 21, who sleepily answered the door when a half-dozen armed agents knocked at 6:15 am. “They said that they wanted the people that were living there before me.”

An FBI spokesman declined to comment on the investigation since the affidavit is sealed, but said that the agents left when they realized that Ralph was not the target of the probe.

Since the raid, the feds have not tried to contact Deming, who added that he only heard about the police action in the newspaper.

“I don’t want them to think I’m hiding from them or running away from them,” he said.

Updated 11:27 am, July 25, 2011
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Reasonable discourse

W2s from Internet says:
Hackers need to learn to chain there proxies and cover up properly. Kids who think they are hackers are being used by people in these hacker groups like anti-sec to do their dirty work. Giving young kids access to Ion and other software and asking them to hit a site as the real hackers go in stealth. So most of the arrests will just be the poor pawns. Hackers are like cereal killers they love publicity and thrive on it to the peak.
July 22, 2011, 9:10 am
ethereal spiller from this says:
Yes, damn those cereal killers! Lulzsec must be one of them. All they talk about having is cake and never cereal.
July 22, 2011, 9:31 am
ethereal spiller from this says:
Why would anyone hate cereal?!
July 22, 2011, 9:32 am
from from morf says:
I liked the bit where the educated man discusses what happens when you don't secure your wifi.
July 22, 2011, 11:49 am
zero cool from NZ says:
Cereal killer is a noob. He can't even hack a gibson without flipping out.
July 22, 2011, 12:04 pm
K. from ArKady says:
And another hapless droid takes one for the team... Hey FBI! Looking for some real illegal hackers? Try the fellas over at News Corp.
July 22, 2011, 12:26 pm
cerealKiller says:
My new nick:-)
July 22, 2011, 12:57 pm
Anonymous from earth says:
Anonymous -- We do not forgive. We do not forget. We are legion.
July 22, 2011, 1:07 pm
JagWan from Compton says:
One time I went to in to IRC Anon and they offered me Coco-Puffs. I kindly declined, as I prefer CornPops.
The tea was great though!
July 22, 2011, 1:19 pm
Ellis from Compton says:
Omg! The cereal killers are the worst, that's why I couldn't have a decent breakfast when I was five! That damned cereal killer a.k.a. Dad... shame on you!
July 22, 2011, 1:27 pm
Matt from Park Slope says:
This is a great defense for anyone who is actually a hacker. This article made Packet Storm and is likely to now be in the in boxes of security professionals and hackers alike.
July 22, 2011, 1:38 pm
Bobs rainbow from Bad says:
Cocksniffing FBI tools couldn't find their own asses in the dark... Thats THEIR asses not THERE asses, for those creatures that only barely resemble humans.
July 22, 2011, 1:50 pm
Anony mouse from Teh internetz says:
July 22, 2011, 2:06 pm
gg says:
sounds like a bunch of alcoholics
July 22, 2011, 2:24 pm
Anon-X from Plymouth Rock landed on US says:
Tracing IP address's is an ineffective law enforcement measure for this exact reason. IP addresses do not equate to individuals. As long as you keep your hard disk clean of incriminating evidence. As far as the people who's networks are used for attacks. Well when the Feds come, it's nothing more then an inconvenience. The Feds knew right away they had the wrong guy, no harm no foul.
July 22, 2011, 2:57 pm
Splendor of Truth from DPRK says:
Heh...wrong guy eh? I good 36 pack of erasers teamed up with a nuclear device and a cloaking shield can go a long way you know :P

Meaghan Ralph also sounds hot...a puker, gotta love it.
July 22, 2011, 3:32 pm
Splendor of Truth from DPRK says:{%22ImageId%22%3A44792452}

Meaghan Ralph...wearing a guy fawkes T...Sure she has NO clue what is going on eh?
July 22, 2011, 3:36 pm
Hidinginplainsight from DPRK says:
I do like how he mentions that he doesn't want to give anyone the impression he's hiding.
July 22, 2011, 5:19 pm
justme from chitown says:
if the fbi wants the anonymous hackers so badly why dont they offer a nice job with a very good salary since the FBI techs must not be able to outwit the anonymous hackers.
July 23, 2011, 10:43 am
Jhadstate from South Carolina says:
It seems to me that this is one more example of the Feds "Ready, Fire, Aim" techniques in computer technology criminal activity. The whiz kids are so far ahead of them that they are still trying to turn their computers on when the kids have done their hacking, redirected the entire chain and are playing some video game. This poor guy is lucky he didn't get shot.
July 23, 2011, 11:37 am
A Ghost from Your Bedroom says:
Nice catch there Splendor...shhhh, you'll get the girl popped. :P
July 23, 2011, 1:29 pm
dissapointed from earff says:
you know who's not hot....meaghan ralph. Not hot. Definitely dissapointed. What a let down.
July 23, 2011, 2:18 pm
anon from everywhere says:
nevar forgive nevar forget
July 23, 2011, 6:41 pm
Suthnautr from Yorkville says:
"I never hacked no one" even a cerial killer.
July 24, 2011, 9:49 pm
2b0Red2Cl3an from alert(0) says:
Coooool!! I want FBI in my home too, maybe they can help me do some cleaning
July 27, 2011, 8:11 am
2b0Red2Cl3an from < script >alert(0) says:
Coooool!! I want FBI in my home too, maybe they can help me do some cleaning
July 27, 2011, 8:12 am
anonymous says:
Why do they think it's Hackers they are 2 types Hackers and Crackers If you are a real Hacker you will know who is who..And if you are a Hacker you know what i mean..
July 29, 2011, 7:48 am

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