If you took a look at the slides for Monday’s lecture (or were there in-person), you might recall that the last slide of content contained quotes from the ETA’s current site on the Internet, eoeta.com. The new leader, “Xon”, has disavowed the actions that led to the previous leader’s arrest, and is very firm in stating that the new ETA is “ethical” and no longer engages in illegal activities.
Registration on their forums has also opened up, and I was surprised that Xon made the goodwill gesture of activating the account I created the night before my lecture. Here’s a direct link to their forum section:
There are still posts on the forums that go back to just after Jesse “GhostExodus” McGraw’s arrest, before the ETA’s attempt to transform into a white-hat organization, so there is some pretty interesting reading there. Registering an account and having it approved by an admin is required to gain access to the forums, however the process seems to go pretty fast.
Is the Electronik Tribulation Army really a white-hat group now? While Xon may feel strongly about the transformation, he may find it difficult to bring the members in line for it. With members like “E.T.A FIXER” (aka DarthAnonymous, TrashBagTeddy, etc.) that continued to troll the comments sections of this site, and scroll insults (and creative ASCII art) in this site’s IRC channel long after the arrest, other ETA members may find it difficult to convince others that they have truly abandoned their blackhat ways.
This is also the first time someone’s made a “motivational” poster about me. Touching! :
(Credit goes to Fixer. I did crop the image a bit. You can find the original in a couple of threads on the ETA forums)