The Jester’s Site back Online – Questions Remain

The Jester Webpage

The Jester’s site is back! After being redirected to a DHS “Domain Seized” webpage for a couple days, The Jester’s site is now unceremoniously back.

All well and good, but here is the kicker. From what I have seen, the ICE has denied seizing it and, well, it is back online already. So it probably wasn’t the Feds.

Rumors abound, some say that from his Tweets he seemed to be at the Vegas security conferences (Black Hat, and Defcon) and maybe wanted some additional press, so he did it himself. Some are saying he was hacked and the DNS record changed and his internet provider restored the original DNS record back. And some are saying that aliens did it.

Whatever the case, it’s back online now and so far the Jester has been completely silent on the whole issue.

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The Jester’s Website Seized by the DHS ICE

Jester Seized

Popular Patriot Hacker seems to have had his website seized by the Government. Anyone surfing to his website today (http://www.jesterscourt.cc/) were greeted with the message above.

According to the notice, the website was seized by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – Homeland Security Investigations division.

According to their website:

“The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.”

That sounds pretty odd, but you would think the next paragraph would seem more pertinent:

“HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. ICE special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation.”

But the kicker is the message about “Willfull copyright infringement”. That is rather odd. Not sure how that corresponds to his website, other than he was selling “Jester” themed merchandise from it through the Zazzle store.

Going to the Zazzle store and clicking on any of the Jester Shirts produces an error message saying the shirts are no longer available or have been deleted:

Jester Zazzle

Haven’t seen any mention of the seizure on the Jester’s Twitter page, though it seems from his posts that he is currently at the Black Hat conference in Vegas.

Wow, copyright infringement, how odd. Not at all how I imagined the feds coming after the Jester.

** Update ** Jester’s Page back online, Questions remain