Is it crime to share a link to data leaks? The Today indictment of Anonymous spokesperson shows sharing link to data leaks is crime.
Barrett Brown , the former spokesperson for the Anonymous hacktivist, has been charged of one count of trafficking stolen authentication features, one count of access device fraud, and ten counts of aggravated identity theft.
The charges are related to the Stratfor hack carried out by hacktivists at the end of 2011.
Brown isn’t charged with committing the stratfor hack but for posting links to file contains the 5,000 credit card details that were stolen in the incident.
" By transferring and posting the hyperlink, Brown caused the data to be made available to other persons online, without the knowledge and authorization of Stratfor and the card holders." The Feds says.
From the story, We can come to a conclusion that all Journalist who covers the hacking incident and links to data leaks are making crime.
At that time of stratfor hacking incident, links to the stolen credit card details were widely shared on twitter - are all the users who shared the links going to be rounded up and arrested, too?