“Patriot” hacker sets sights on Snowden, Assange

"The Jester" launched DDoS attacks against Ecuadorian websites, in retaliation for the country's sympathy for WikiLeaks.

Mar 2, 2020, 5:24 pm*

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Curt Hopkins

The “patriot” hacktivist The Jester, most recently seen trolling the Westboro Baptist Church, is now directing his attention to Ecuador, for its support of NSA leaker Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.

Ecuador has provided Assange with protection in its London embassy for the last year, and is reportedly considering Snowden’s application for asylum.

Known online as “th3J35t3r,” the hacker launched a series of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) on Monday, including against the mail server of Ecuador’s second-largest stock exchange and the country’s official tourism site, according to Mother Jones.

He also mentioned Venezuela as a possible target, vowing to hit any country involved in potentially granting Snowden asylum. 

“These are enemies and that’s how I will be treating them, and anyone who facilitates them,” he told Fox News

The Jester claims to be a former soldier and is best known for targeting WikiLeaks and Al Qaeda-associated sites.

In addition to the DDoS attacks, he has also tweeted comments about the fire suppression system in the London embassy, implying that it would be hacked, forcing Assange out onto the street, where he would be subject to arrest and could be deported to Sweden on a European Arrest Warrant. 

He tweeted a photo of the building’s exterior, asking readers to help identify the brand of fire alarm. 

H/T Mother Jones | Photo by Will Montague/Flickr

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*First Published: Jul 3, 2013, 11:43 am