UConn student indicted for Anonymous affiliation
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 23:10
A University of Connecticut graduate has been indicted by a grand jury in Virginia in connection with crimes committed by a hacking group called Anonymous.
Anthony Tadros has a Twitter profile that indicates that he graduated from UConn with a degree in computer science in May 2013. On Oct. 3, Tadros was charged along with 12 others for coordinating cyber attacks in connection with “Operation Payback,” a campaign launched by Anonymous between Sept. 2010 and Jan. 2011, according to the indictment letter.
The hacking campaign was originally launched in retaliation to the shutdown of The Pirate Bay, a file sharing website, and victims included “governmental entities, trade associations, individuals, law firms and financial institutions which (the group) claimed opposed its stated philosophy of making all information free for all, including information protected by copyright laws or national security considerations,” the indictment letter reads.
According to Justin McCabe, a senior journalism major, the FBI showed up at his apartment looking for Tadros the day after the grand jury made its decision.
“I woke up at 9 a.m. to someone banging on my bedroom door at my off-campus house and yelling ‘FBI open up,’” McCabe wrote in an email to The Daily Campus Thursday. “Still groggy, I opened the door and was sure enough greeted by three FBI agents in bulletproof vests and pistols in hand.”
McCabe said Tadros used to live in his room last year, and the three FBI agents – who were accompanied by UConn police – had gotten “bad information,” and thought Tadros still lived there.
However, Tadros posted on Twitter around 2 p.m. on Thursday that he was on his way to Alexandria, Va., which is the location of the U.S. District Court that indicted him.
Police first conducted a search of McCabe’s current residence, 208 North Eagleville Road, on Jan. 9, 2011 in connection with the hacking scheme.