Charges framed against the 26-year old corporate cyber security consultant, Deric Lostutter, who helped in posting a video about the infamous 16-year old Steubenville, Ohio rape case, is a case in point. If the charges are proved, Lostutter could face jail term five times more than the convicted rapists.
TechChurch reported that a young American made the rape case a national shame and outrage by posting video of the rape on the fan page of Steubenville’s Big Red football team (RollRedRoll.com) that showed some team members of having raped and humiliated a 16-year old drunk girl in August 2013.
He was handcuffed and detained outside his house while the FBI agents used abusive words against him, searched his house and took away his computer and Xbox (http://www.projectknightsec.com/). The FBI, however, had a different story to tell. It said that they had search warrant against the hacker of the site RollRedRoll.com and were searching evidences in connection to that.
On the other hand, Lostutter believes the search to be politically motivated—by local officials in Steubenville whom he dared to expose. A member of the hacktivist group, Anonymous, and operating under the nickname KYAnonymous, Lostutter lives on a farm with his pit Bull and swears to be a patriotic American who admits to be the man behind the mask in the video posted on the fan page of the football team but denies having hacked their website.
If Lostutter is convicted of hacking or any such related crime, he could face jail term up to 10 years. Such a possibility and the treatment meted out to him at the hands of FBI has once again united people vehemently calling for reforms in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFA).
One of the leading proponent of reforms in this act is Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren who tried to reach consensus on the failed “Aaron’ Law” bill; this bill was sought when the Internet prodigy, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide when threatened for 50+ years in prison for releasing the academic articles from a pay-walled database.
It could still be argued that Lostutter did not violate any law; as he rightly points out “It was everything that I’d ever preached, and now there’s this group of people getting off the couch and doing something about it. I wanted to be part of the movement”.
Even if what Lostutter did was illegal, can it be classified as wrong?