Homeless hacker ‘Commander X’ pleads not guilty [VIDEO]

Graham Cluley
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The FBI believes that the homeless man they arrested on Thursday was “Commander X”, a member of the People’s Liberation Front (PLF) associated with Anonymous hacktivism.

47-year-old Christopher Doyon has entered a not guilty plea to charges of “conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer, causing intentional damage to a protected computer, and aiding and abetting”.

According to an indictment filed against Christopher Doyon and another man, Joshua John Covelli, the charges specifically relate to a denial-of-service attack against the servers of Santa Cruz County in December 2010, after the city put in place a law prohibiting camping inside the city.

The indictment gives Doyon the aliases “PLF”, “Commander Adama” (clearly a Battlestar Galactica fan) and “Commander X”. Covelli meanwhile is alleged to use the pseudonyms “Absolem” and…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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