Note: The language in the videos and quotes on this post have not been censored. This may be not-safe-for-work, for some definitions of work.
In this post, we’ll take a look at some members of the online community’s reactions to Jesse “GhostExodus” McGraw’s arrest. It’s not hard to find folks who think it’s a good thing, just look at most of the comments on these posts and other blogs/articles on the Internet. On the “hacker” forums that I have seen with threads on the topic, the vast majority of members agree that GhostExodus went too far. Since it’s more interesting to take a look at viewpoints you disagree with, I’m going to focus on reactions of people that feel that the alleged crimes are not all that serious.
There are a couple of entertaining YouTube videos that summarize this viewpoint. The first one is from RamHat, who feels strongly enough about my involvement that I think it’s fair to give him some time here to state his case to you:
Don’t forget what this is about. It’s about video-fighting, it’s about debating, making pwnage videos, funny accounts. It’s about having fun. It’s not about hacking, and none of you guys can hack anyways…
GHOST is just a wild dude that made some poor choices
We all done stupid stuff before
This guy’s response is actually pretty entertaining towards the end:
I’m behind the whole Free Ghost Exodus Movement
..the type of shit that I heard in the video? It’s like, that’s retarded. So you’re saying someone hacked something and then controlled an air conditioning unit? Was that really going to kill anyone if you turned off an air conditioner, or maybe even turn it lower?
He just wanted to prove that he could do it, because there’s a lot of people on here that talk a lot of B.S. about how they can do this and that
The running theme here is that some people don’t realize how serious of a crime this is. You just can’t do things like this to prove a point or have fun.
On a different note, we have at least one remaining ETA member rattling sabres. The following are comments from a couple of news articles:
If the numbers and their rate-of-change are to believed, by now there are 10′s, or possibly even 5′s of them left.