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Kentucky Man Led Hacktivist Campaign in Steubenville Rape Case

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A Kentucky man led a hacktivist group central in the case against two Steubenville, Ohio, football players eventually found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party, according to various media reports.

And he's been visited by the FBI, unpleasantly.

It's been a few months, so here's The New York Times' story on the conviction of the two boys charged in the rape case if you need a refresher. Now, one of the elements of the Steubenville rape case was the role of a wing of the famed Anonymous hacktivist group called KnightSec. (He's an item on their role.) The leader of that group was a hacker who styled himself KYAnonymous, a handle that indicates that he's a Kentuckian.

And so he is.

Deric Lostutter, of Winchester, writes on a KnightSec website that he is KYAnonymous—and that the FBI came to his home in April with many agents and other law enforcement officers. 

He writes: 

I was detained on the back patio, I asked if I was going to jail, they said no, they said who are you, I responded KYAnonymous. They asked me a few questions, asked me for my passwords for my account, stated that I could not tell anyone I was raided or I would face additional charges such as "destroying/tampering with evidence".

Lostutter tells Mother Jones that he got involved with the Steubenville situation because ""I was always raised to stick up for people who are getting bullied."

Documents are attached on the KnightSec website, which notes that Lostutter is working with attorney Jason Flores-Williams and the Whistleblowers' Defense League.

Gawker's Adrien Chen writes:

According to the warrant obtained by Gawker, FBI agents were looking for evidence related to the hacking of Rollredroll.com—the website of a Steubenville High School booster club that was defaced during the height of the Steubenville campaign—and the unauthorized access of the webmaster's email address. Rollredroll.com webmaster James Park's email account was broken into, and many of his private emails dumped online. In February, a hacker named Batcat took responsibility for the hack in an article in the Steubenville Herald-Star. He claimed he hacked Rollredroll.com in 15 minutes by guessing Jim Parks' password security question, after being approached by KYAnonymous.

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