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Anonymous member arrested during online chat after threat against FBI

Jaikumar Vijayan | Sept. 14, 2012
Dallas law enforcement authorities have arrested self-professed Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown in what appears to have been a dramatic raid of his apartment late Wednesday night.

Brown concludes the video on a dramatic note. "It was pretty obvious that I was going to be dead by 40 years or so. I wouldn't mind going out with two FBI side arms and a f...Egyptian Pharoah."

In an interview with Computerworld last year, Brown described himself as a former author and writer for Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post and other publications. From reporting on Anonymous, Brown became the hacking collective's self-professed spokesman, often writing press releases and offering interviews on behalf of the group. His actions were not always welcome by other members of Anonymous, who were worried that Brown was attracting too much attention to the group.

Brown told Computerworld last year that he was quitting his activities on behalf of Anonymous to focus on a personal project.

The arrest has already provoked a retaliatory move by Anonymous splinter group AntiSec, which earlier today released the names, addresses, phone numbers and credit card numbers belonging to what it claimed were 13 government officials.

In a message on PasteBin, a member of the group hinted that AntiSec would release more records while urging viewers to use the credit card numbers to "spend a lot" and "send flowers to Barrett."



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