Calling Anons: AnonymouSky Needs Your Help!

I never do this. I never, ever do this. But I’m doing it now because AnonymouSky is both one of the most important Anons in the sense of working, getting the word out, and supporting worthwhile Ops, and because he is like this:

Unfortunately, he is also like this:

In 12 hours his GoFundMe has raised most of the $8,000 needed for life-saving brain surgery. This is legit. This is not frivolous. Sky was in a car accident which led to him getting a scan which indicated a potentially fatal growth in his brain. He’s had two rounds of chemo and the tumour has shrunk by 60%, which is an outstanding result. It is now small enough and limited enough to be operated on, which was always the goal. That’s where the money comes in.

The GoFundMe says:

Greatings fellow Anons.
One of our most dedicated and loyal Anons, who you may know AnonymouSky, Sky, Starseed or @AnonStarseed on Twitter is currently facing the physical trial of his life. Sky has been involved in more Anonymous causes than can be listed, and has been a regular and important contributor to @YourAnonCentral. Recenetly, Sky was in an automobile accident where he suffered a broken leg and a severe head injury. As a result of this accident, the hospital where he was admitted performed an MRI scan, during which they discovered a malignant tumor in his brain.
Following the scan, Sky’s family and friends pooled everything they had together in order for him to begin chemotherapy.The first round of chemotherapy that Sky went through was very positive. However, the tumor had not shrank far enough to where it would be safe to operate. However, Sky was strong enough to be able to go through another round of chemotherapy. After the last round of chemotherapy, Sky’s brain tumor has decreased in size by over 60%. This is an incredibly positive development. The tumor is now small enough that it can be removed by surgery.
This is where we are calling on Anyonymous, and anyone else who cares, to help. Sky’s samily and friends have taken the maximum amount of credit that they can to help with his surgery. All the money has been spent. Sky is scheduled for surgery in 8 days, but won’t be able to receive it if he doesn’t have the money to cover the costs. The good news is that the doctors are positive that there is over a 90% chance that this surgery will be successful and save his life.
To put this in perspective, Sky currently lives in a region where the average income is 180 – 200 Euros a month. His local support network has run dry of funds. Thus, we ask you to donate anything you can to the following addresses:

If you use bitcoin, please donate any bitcoin you can spare to 1MgVTLHVJ13UxL2x4WH9tsVr4VypvTdVsn.

Again, we cannot emphasize stronger that time is of the essence here. Sky’s surgery is scheduled in 8 days. T
Let us show that “we are legion” and “we do not forget” truly means something. Anonymous simply would not be what it is today if it wasn’t for the actions of Sky, along with the rest of you that have made this movement so unique and special. Please help us continue in that tradition by keeping one of our beloved alive. Any amount in donation helps.

Thank you,
Anonymous

Again, I know shitloads of people who have fundraisers, but AnonymouSky is in a class by himself. He is, to the extent that anyone who is part of a collective movement, important. He has done more for important Ops than virtually anyone else I know, and we should all support him. From the speed this fundraiser is growing, it looks like we agree on that.

Edited to add

For those nay-sayers who think this is a scam, go on. Keep your money. At least there is something in your life that brings you joy. Having gone through cancer treatment myself, in a country with socialized medicine, I can tell you that no, not all costs are covered; it ate up my life savings at a rate of $1300 every two weeks until everything was gone. I have known Sky for many years, have never known him to ask for money, and if I were not 100% sure this was both legit and a good cause I would not have posted this. You’ve no idea how many of my friends’ fundraisers I do not post. I get perhaps three requests a week. Nobody requested that I post this. I was just alerted to it, investigated it, and found it to be real. Sky is good people, and he needs help. Give it to him or walk away, but if you spew bile, expect it to bite you on the ass. Remember what they say about expecting us.

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The Week in Perspective

Dame Judi

Dame Judi will have none of your bullshit

Yes, it’s only Tuesday but my week tends to run from Friday to Tuesday, at least as far as DramaSec is concerned, so it’s time for a little perspective. Apparently some rando on Reddit was calling me out the other day for…commenting on Gawker. Well, guilty as charged, I do that a lot. I found out because of…a comment on Gawker.

Now, just today I was on the radio talking about money laundering and Bitcoin and the BitInstant arrests and said something like, “I’m no expert, I’ve just seen a lot of money laundering trials….gee, that sounds sort of nefarious, doesn’t it?” And indeed it did (But I have!).

As does what I said about those randos on Reddit. To wit:

Ah, so they were talking about me, were they? That doesn’t bother me. As I remarked to Magister, The Jester wants my head on a platter, the Syrian Electronic Army has been trying to hack into my accounts for months, and there’s still an #OpRaincoaster kicking around sub-groups of Anonymous. What do I care what a bunch of randos on Reddit say?

Speaking of randos, some Jester fangirls didn’t get the memo and slept in till today. Then they apparently misread the memo entirely:

https://twitter.com/Z_BIRD_79/status/428269084501737472

To which one could only reply (as one did) with the truth.

I imagine there is yet more consternation in Jesterville tonight over that fact. The crow? Does it burn going down?

Operation Global Media Domination: The Bright Side of the Dark Side

The Dark Lord welcomes you, recruit

The Dark Lord welcomes you, recruit

Before there was Voldemort, there was Vader. And before there was Vader, the world knew another as “The Dark Lord,” and I’m not even talking about Conrad Black.

He lives yet.

In fact, he owns Gawker.

And today, he broke me.

After how many years of me refusing to write for him for free (while still contributing thousands of words a week in the form of snippy comments and tips) tonight I finally gave in and….Kinja‘d. Twice!

It was…scary.

But it’s about the highest-profile outlet I have since I let this poor blog peter down to virtually nothing, so I posted a couple of articles that have had, through no fault of their own, failed to find a home.

Relive the Cold War for Fun and Profit:

how the Russian government hacked the US energy industry, and why the Ukrainian uprising might make the entire three-year project entirely moot

and

Snitching for Dollars: The BSA wants you to rat out your boss!

In my own defence, it did take something like eight years to wear me down. Should the posts get zero momentum despite being on a Gawker platform, the experiment will not be repeated. While I was at it, I updated my Media and Public Speaking page. You know I’m all about Operation Global Media Domination! Now, bring me that audience!

Hail Vader! Hail Operation Global Media Domination!

Hail Vader! Hail Operation Global Media Domination!

Monday #DramaSec

This came more or less out of nowhere in a Valleywag post about a sexist presentation at TechCrunch. I know plenty of dirty-minded hackers, but I don’t know any who are stupid enough to make a presentation like Titstare in front of actual investors: that’s the province of entitled Brogrammers who’ve been funded more or less since birth and think they’re god’s gift to marketing. But anyway, occasionally a groupie comes in and claims band cred and that appears to be what happened here.

2 participants

PetticoatDespotSam Biddle

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Wow. This is creepy even for a hackathon.

Since the guys seem to want to have gender-segregated hackathons by acting like sexist dicks, we’re just going to have to have more hackathons for ladies. At this point, I get weirded out going to most programming meetups without a male escort. Sunday 5:43pm

raincoasterPetticoatDespot

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I know a lot of hackers. They might snicker at this, but they’d never in a million years get up on stage and do that. These are the actions of coddled “you’re soooo brilliant” capitalist developers, not hackers.

Hackers would be too busy pulling the nudes off your phone. Yesterday 6:02am

PetticoatDespotraincoaster

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Sigh.

White hat? Grey hat? Black hat? Security hacker? Internet hacker? Gadget hacker? Code hacker? Life hacker?

You might know some hackers but you don’t seem to know what the word hacker means and the wide variety of people that the term includes. But please, mansplain to me again about hackers since I tend to date them.

Part of the problem is age-specific and part of it is sometimes cultural. If you think that hackers wouldn’t do this, you have not paid any attention at all to the sexual harassment at DevCon, including sexist presentations treating women as objects. Now shoo. Yesterday 11:28pm

raincoasterPetticoatDespot

Honey, I don’t fuck them, but I do write about them for a living. No matter what colour of hat, I know maybe five male hackers who wouldn’t have snickered at this.

If you think I’m going to “mansplain” anything to you, you’re a bigger sexist than these guys onstage. Today 1:35am

PetticoatDespotraincoaster

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Ah, so you write about the white hat social justice activist segment of Anonymous and extrapolate from that, their values and thus the values of the set of all hackers, even black hats.

I know the people who write some of the tools that they use, who lecture to them about security, and who fund some of their work projects. And no, I haven’t fucked any of those but thanks for your implication that I’m a hacker groupie because I called you on your bullshit while stating that I date hackers. I’ve been dating hackers of various varieties for over 20 years, but I do only date white hats because I value ethics. I date the kind of hacker that you write about, as well as others who share their values even if they do not do computer security work. I date hackers because I appreciate smart ethical men with opinions and there tends to be a lot of crossover.

As I mentioned, there are multiple types of hackers. I am a white hat code hacker. I also reverse engineer business rules. It’s a thing. I do penetration testing and security fixes for websites. I have been a professional programmer for 15 years and I’ve taught programming. I go to hackathons and run meetups about coding. I socialize with hackers: white and grey, security and otherwise. I am currently working on opening a feminist hackerspace with other lady hackers.

You still don’t realize that you don’t know what the term hacker means. At best, you interview hackers who want to issue a press release. At best, any information that I give about my contacts is name-dropping.

And while you’re writing about what a white hat social activist Anonymous hacker fed you which you then extrapolate to the set of all hackers, the actual topic of sexism in hacking, which I mentioned above?

http://pandodaily.com/2013/08/31/hac…

It’s funny, Ms I Know Hackers, you didn’t even correct DevCon to DefCon, which was a typo but a very significant one. DefCon, “the” hacker conference has had sexist content as part of its official programming as recent as this year. That’s that I was referencing and what you contradicted.

If you don’t know about the sexism at hacker conferences, and will contradict women when they point it out, you shouldn’t be paid to write about hackers. Today 2:13am

PetticoatDespotraincoaster

Note to mods: she exposed her name and employer previously in this thread. She is the one who volunteered that information, thus this is not doxxing in any way. This is merely a screenshot of the publicly available LinkedIn profile that links her name with the employer that she linked to.

WordPress is not a company for which one can work; it is a product made by a company of another name. I can check with my contacts there to verify your employment status, if you like.

I couldn’t find any articles by you on a Gawker site that pays for content, which is what would make them your employer. In fact, paid Gawker writers have a handle that reflects the writer’s legal name, which yours does not, most likely for legal reasons. Commenting on Gawker sites doesn’t make you an employee, so perhaps you can link to an article that Gawker Media paid you to write?

33 minutes ago

raincoasterPetticoatDespot

“This is not doxxing in any way.”

You are adorable!

Pretty much everyone who works for Gawker, and certainly everyone who works for Valleywag, knows who I am. Valleywag’s former editor Owen Thomas gave me my break into tech journalism.

Also, you don’t know how to read a LinkedIn profile if you didn’t click through and see that it said “Volunteer Tester” on both the Gawker and WordPress entries. When doxing, thoroughness is so important!

If you want to know who I am, ask some of those men you date. 13 minutes ago

This could get amusing. It could get amusing FAST.

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