They posted company secrets online. They revealed 860,000 names, emails and passwords. Several dozen belonged to top-secret people. Their identities were leaked for the first time.
Hammond champions "cyber-liberation." He's called an "electronic Robin Hood." He's a "modern-day Abbie Hoffman." A friend said he's shrewd, intelligent and impulsive.
Prior civil disobedience resulted in multiple arrests. Charges ranged from defacing walls with anti-war slogans to staging a "noise demo" at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Before his March 2012 arrest, he and other Anonymous members waged war on "rich and powerful oppressors." They shut down prominent web sites. They included CIA, FBI, major banks and credit card companies.
They supported liberating Arab country struggles. They attacked Egyptian, Tunisian and other regional country web sites.
They broke into NATO computers. They accessed the GEO Group. It's one of the world's largest private prison operators. They hacked Booz Allen Hamilton.
Prior attacks didn't rise to the level of harming Stratfor. Breaching its computer system cost the company millions. Doing so focused worldwide attention on "the murky world of private intelligence."
AntiSec originally planned to use hacked credit cards. They wanted to make contributions to worthy organizations. After the fact, they decided otherwise. Hammond wasn't charged with credit card theft.