"The Jester was angry enough with militants recruiting for jihad and about the WikiLeaks disclosures to launch a DoS attacks on their sites, so why was he not very peeved about an impostor using his name to scam money? The logical conclusion might be that The Jester himself is the hoaxer..."
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We finally heard from The Jester via his original Twitter account, and he says that it is indeed an IMPOSTOR who set up the other account and website.
Here are the messages:
th3j35t3r Jester <<< the real Jester thanks all with common sense and the ability to research, while at the same time never begging for money. (EVER). OUT.
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UPDATES: Reports of the raid and confiscation of equipment are most likely a hoax or an elaborate social engineering scheme to capitalize on current news events.
Details are still few, and sympathizers should exercise caution before donating funds allegedly for "attorney fees".
The original text requesting donations, as quoted below, and the corresponding link have been deleted from the "suspect" site.
The "suspect" site is no longer available for viewing at the URL provided - but the "suspect" Twitter account is still active.
More Details to follow as soon as they are available.
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There are unconfirmed reports that infamous anti-jihadi hacker The Jester (th3j35t3r), who earlier this week claimed responsibility for a denial of service attack that temporarily disabled the WikiLeaks website, was the subject of a search and equipment seizure by law enforcement.
According to the "suspect" website purporting to be The Jester's blog, the raid occurred Monday, just one day after he made national headlines for unleashing the XerXeS DoS attack on the WikiLeaks website, forcing them to move operations to servers hosted by Amazon.
Details are few, but the new website claiming to be The Jester's did post the following message Tuesday night:
So much for being quiet around here. The fire is starting to stir.. as many of you already are aware my door was kicked in and all of my equipment was seized. The weird thing is it was the local sheriffs office not the government. Hmmm..
In the mean time, my email and WordPress accounts are probably jeopardized so I decided to launch on my own server since nothing can be trusted at this time. I still have copies of all utilities, code, and web backups.
I am trying to raise money from my supporters for attorney fees. If I can raise the required $10k, I will release XerXes along with a port to Win32.
I will keep everyone posted as things start to unfold. I am not sure whats going to happen, no charges have been filed as of yet. Thanks for all your support! Don’t forget, Follow the new ‘th3j35t3r‘ Twitter!
The Jester's original website has not been updated since mid-September, so it is is difficult to ascertain the validity of the the news. The Jester's original Twitter account also has not been updated since Sunday's DoS attack.
The Jester is known for his prior attacks on militant jihadi websites, and his innovative DoS technique in which he employs an application-level attack that exploits an inherent flaw in the majority of servers which can be executed with one single low-spec machine.
The few messages on the "suspect" Twitter account indicate he may have initiated another DoS attack against WikiLeaks Tuesday night, though there have been no new reports of an attack.
WikiLeaks had been subjected to a second round of attacks of increased intensity early Tuesday, but the origin is as of yet unknown, and the the intensity of the second attack appears to be a distributed attack, unlike Sunday's XerXeS assault.
Several interviews with The Jester, along with two videos he made for Infosec Island that demonstrate the XerXeS Dos attack in action, can all be found HERE.
More details to follow as they become available.
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