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

Patriot Hacker “The Jester” to be Unveiled?

Interesting news from our good friends over at InfosecIsland. Apparently well known Patriot hacker “The Jester” (th3j35t3r) has  gone underground or “gone dark” after someone going by the name Smedley Manning (aka “CubeSpherical”) threatened to release his identity.

Screenshots from a link on Cubespherical’s Twitter account seem to show a conversation between him and The Jester. In the shots, Cubespherical claims he knew Jester from the military and is going to “Dox” him, or reveal his identity.

Of course he will only do it, he claims, once he receives 20 thousand Bit Coins donation to Wikileaks, as can be seen in the twitter screen grab above.

The Jester’s blog seemed to be wiped of information, and his Twitter account deleted. Cubeshperical also announced on his Twitter page that another ex-military, anti-anonymous figure named @Narganon had also deleted his account, with the question, “Same Guy?”

Hard to tell what is really going on. Why would The Jester delete his Twitter account and just the posts from his WordPress site?

Was The Jester’s site and Twitter hacked? InfosecIsland points to a cryptic Pastebin post that has a message supposedly from The Jester and a copy of all the missing blog posts.

Time will tell – Will the former military hacker be revealed by a fellow military person? Will cubeshperical raise the 20K Bitcoins? Will the Jester get his revenge?

Jeepers, all this excitement and it is only a Monday!

The Jester takes down Westboro Baptist Church, or was it Anonymous?

Here is a very funny video to kick off your weekend right.

So are Hacktivists “The Jester” and “Anonymous” working together on this one or what?

Looks like the infamous and much hated Westboro Baptist Church has drawn the ire of Anonymous. The spat started last weekend according to The Register:

An ongoing spat between the controversial church of GodHatesFags fame and the loosely knit hacking collective began last weekend with a message threatening hacks against websites that, depending on who you believe, was posted either by the Church itself or a faction of Anonymous. Another faction of Anonymous distanced itself from the plan, categorising Westboro Baptist Church as trolls looking for attention.

But that is not all, Anonymous is claiming that it was The Jester that took the sites down, not them. And it seems to be collaborated by The Jester’s Twitter page:

http://www.godhatesfags.com – TANGO DOWN. Temporarily. For celebrating the death of US troops – honeypot fail btw 3:58 PM Feb 21st via XerXeS Attack Platform V3.17

So does this make The Jester and Anonymous friends now? You know, the whole – The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend – kind of thing. Only time will tell, but it appears the hacktivism soap opera continues. And by the large amount of attention that this is drawing, someone should really think about turning this into a new TV reality show!