Higino O. Ochoa III was charged with illegally hacking into U.S. law enforcement websites and releasing personal information of several U.S. police officers under the online name "w0rmer."
He often taunted the police and boasted about his hacking accomplishments on several social networking sites. The message attached to his Australian girlfriend's belly, below her breasts, read: "PwNd by w0rmer & CabinCr3w <3 u B****'s!"
The FBI said the message confirmed that Ochoa, alias w0rmer
, is a member of CabinCr3w
, a hacker group with links to Anonymous. According to police, in February, Ochoa's Twitter account, @AnonW0rmer
, linked to a website where information from hacked accounts of police officers was posted. Gizmodo
reports the tweet directed his followers to the site where he posted the stolen information. The website had a photo of a woman wearing the sign with the message:"PwNd by w0rmer & CabinCr3w <3 u B****'s!"
The police used GPS co-ordinates embedded in the photo taken by a smartphone, to trace the exact street and house in Wantirna South, Melbourne where the photo was taken. The Sun
explains that photos taken on smartphones and some other digital cameras have location co-ordinates automatically attached.
The police were also able to identify other @AnonW0rmer
tweets linked to sites referring to w0rmer
. One of the sites had Ochoa's name and more photos showing the girl. The police then traced Ochoa's Facebook page. On the page, he identified Kylie Gardner, a girl from Australia, as his girlfriend. The police were convinced Kylie was the same as the girl whose photo was posted online with the message: "PwNd by w0rmer & CabinCr3w <3 u B****'s!" According to The Sun
, "PWNd" is Internet slang for "owned" which means "beaten" or "humiliated."
The police found Ochoa's house and placed him under surveillance. They finally stormed the house on March 20 and arrested him.
According to the police, Ochoa hacked the County of Houston's website in Alabama and "created fake events on their online, posted images representing Anonymous and CabinCr3w, deleted all the administrator accounts except the one created by the attacker."
reports the group CabinCr3w, is believed to be responsible for leaking email addresses and personal information of Goldman Sachs executives in September 2011. The group is also alleged to have hacked the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association database and leaked names, addresses and phone numbers of more than 100 police officers.
reports Ochoa's arrest comes a month after former Lulzsec leader and Anonymous member Sabu, was exposed as an FBI informant. But in a post, Ochoa claimed he was not involved in Sabu's betrayal. He said: "I did tell FBI that I would participate in the capture of my fellow crew mates, a play which...both satisfied and confused the FBI. Those however who know me best would vouch for me...that doing so would put this movement at risk. ALL information provided to the FBI merely made MY case weaker and caused internal confusion showing the inherent weakness in the system."