Texas man linked to Anonymous faces more charges

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Associated Press

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 3:36 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas man who has described himself as a spokesman for the hacker-activist group Anonymous faces new charges over data stolen from the private intelligence firm Stratfor last Christmas.

Federal prosecutors said Friday that Barrett Brown was indicted on a dozen charges that include aggravated identity theft and device fraud. The 31-year-old Dallas man already was in federal custody after being indicted in October for allegedly making threats on the Internet to an FBI agent.

Brown's attorney, Doug Morris, had no comment on the new charges Friday.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, Brown made public an Internet link providing access to credit card information and other data stolen from Stratfor.

Brown was a de facto spokesman for Anonymous, willing to speak for a movement that prides itself on anonymity.

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