In March 2005, the Chicago FBI raided his apartment and seized all electronic equipment related to the right-wing website ProtestWarrior.com. The FBI agents were verbally abusive towards Hammond during the raid. Allegedly, he had gained access to the site and culled a credit card list from their online store. He was, ostensibly, involved with a group which planned to use the list to make donations to left-wing groups such as the World Hunger Foundation, as well as the ACLU, and put it into wider distribution.
Hammond, along with other members of Hack This Site, have worked on several anarchist projects (which he labels "hacktivism"). These include publication of the electronic civil disobedience journal Hack This Zine: Notes from the Hacker Underground, starting a private local hacking group to hold hands-on code auditing and remote intrusion workshops and helping to organize several anti-war and anti-capitalist protests around the United States.
Along with several other activists from Chicago, he was arrested in Toledo, Ohio while attempting to attend an anti-Nazi rally on December 11, 2005. They were detained for holding an "illegal assembly", due to a temporary injunction issued by the city which prohibited public gatherings in areas outside of the downtown protest zone. Jeremy and many others have had their names, addresses and phone numbers released on a racist website after their arrests.
Hammond was arrested in June of 2004 for allegedly refusing to stay out of the street during a clash between Anarchists and homophobes during the Gay Pride Parade. The charges were reduced to misdemeanors and all of the arrestees were sentenced to one year probation.
Hammond was arrested in September of 2005 after disrupting local businesses and traffic with a "Pirate Day" parade, then refusing police officers' request to move the gathering out of traffic, citing the First Amendment as "the only permit he needed". These disorderly conduct charges were dropped.
Hammond's various projects and actions have drawn a number of supporters. The website HackThisSite.org has grown into a large collective and has produced several hacking projects including radio, zines, and competitions, and have met up at national protests and conventions to spread the word about anarchism. Following the FBI raid, supporters put together the website FreeJeremy.com (since shut down for invalid WHOIS contact details) which gathered hundreds of online "signatures"/comments expressing various opinions both in support of and opposed to Jeremy.
Ironically, the individual who prompted the FBI investigation (and the subsequent raid) was a disaffected fellow administrator of Hack This Site who was allegedly working with Jeremy on the ProtestWarrior.com hack. This individual was responsible for handing over log conversations to Kfir, the owner of ProtestWarrior.com, out of fear of being prosecuted himself.
On December 7th, 2006, Jeremy was sentenced to 24 months in prison for his role in the in the break in and theft of credit card data from the ProtestWarrior site. Additionally, he was assigned a $5,250 fine and three years of probation, during which he may not participate in any hacking or anarchist-related communities, either personally, or online.
On September 30, 2009 in Chicago, IL. Jeremy along with his brother and four others were arrested for tearing down an Chicago 2016 Olympic banner in Daley Plaza and setting it on fire in the eternal flame memorial to the dead from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Hammond was charged with Mob Action, Criminal Damage To Property, and Resisting/Obstructing a Peace Officer.
- Chicago Reader article: "But Can He Hack Prison?", covering the alleged hacking charges and some background on Jeremy's activist history
- Arrests at the protests against the Nazis: WTOL 11 Toledo Blade Infoshop
- Video of Jeremy at DEFCON 2004
- Gay Pride Parade Arrest
- Austin Group Complains of Hack Attack, Austin Statesman article, July 14, 2005
- Description of the ProtestWarrior hack
- Hacking Leads to Prison, Chicago Tribune article, December 8, 2006
- Protest Warriors' version of events
- Vandals Arrested At Chicago 2016 Olympics Protest
 External links
- Hack this Site
- Root this Box
- Free Jeremy
- Protest Warrior
- Hammond's BOP information.
- Chicago Magazine Article on Jeremy Hammond
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