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Stephen Watt/JimJones/Unix Terrorist to be Sentenced Monday

Original Photo (c) from sensepost, butchered by cgisecurity

Watt (also known as Unix Terrorist and JimJones) pictured far right during a Defcon talk (video available).

"Watt, a 7-foot-tall software engineer who was working for Morgan Stanley at the time the hacks occurred, pleaded guilty in December to creating a sniffing program dubbed “blabla” that Gonzalez and others allegedly used to steal millions of credit and debit card numbers from TJX and other companies. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Monday, though his lawyer, Michael Farkas, told Threat Level this will likely be delayed.

“Stephen’s take on this is that he accepts responsibility for aiding people that he knew would commit wrongdoing,” Farkas tells Threat Level. “However, he is very disturbed by the government’s aggressive attempt to make him into more than what he is.”


"Though it’s unacknowledged by the prosecution and defense, Watt was once known in hacker circles as “Jim Jones” and “Unix Terrorist.” In the late 1990s and early 2000s, that hacker was part of a band of self-proclaimed black hats that opposed the publication of security vulnerabilities and resisted the hacking scene’s shift from recreational network intrusions to legitimate security research.


Under the rubric Project Mayhem, the gang managed to hack into the accounts of a number of prominent “white hat” hackers and publish their private files and e-mails. At the 2002 DefCon hacker conference, Watt took the stage with two friends to personally share some of the hacked e-mails.

In a profile in Phrack Magazine in 2007, “Unix Terrorist” reflected on the old days."

We wish you luck. 

Read more: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/06/watt


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since the other two ppl in the photo have NOTHING to do with the incident, you should remove it.. there are plenty of photos of just the_UT on google images......

Entry updated to properly reflect who he is.

The heading that lists the three known nicks of Watt and then the picture of silvio, gobbles, and the_uT could easily be confusing, making people think that silvio was Watt, and gobbles was Jim Jones. Silvio and Gobbles had nothing to do with the whole mess.

I didn't see how the title could have confused viewers before, thanks for your comment.

I've removed their faces :)