Too bad 30-year-old Anonymous hacker Higinio Ochoa, aka w0rmer, a guy who presumes to know the ins and outs of the interwebs, didn’t think of that. D’oh!
The FBI said it confirmed the identity of Ochoa, who calls himself ‘w0rmer’ online and is a member of ‘CabinCr3w’, an offshoot of hacking group Anonymous.
In February, Ochoa’s alleged Twitter account, @AnonW0rmer, linked to a website where the data taken from law enforcement websites was displayed, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
At the bottom of the website, there was the picture of the woman wearing the sign. Data taken from that picture showed it was taken by an iPhone, according to the FBI.
GPS co-ordinates embedded in the photo – as are found in all pictures taken by a smartphone – showed authorities the exact street and house in Wantirna South, Melbourne where it was taken.
Different tweets from @Anonw0rmer pointed to other sites referring to ‘w0rmer’, including one which had Ochoa’s name with it and more pictures of his girlfriend.
Authorities then found Ochoa’s Facebook page, on which he named Kylie Gardner from Australia as his girlfriend. The FBI was then satisfied she was the woman in the photo taken in South Wantirna.
After tracking him down and putting him under surveillance, authorities stormed Ochoa’s house on March 20 and arrested him.
We know our snark bone’s not broken, but honestly, we’re not sure what to add to this. It’s one of those stories that doesn’t require much additional analysis because it pretty much takes care of all that itself. Illegal hacking? Check. International intrigue? Emotionally-stunted man-children? Check. Also, breastesses! Who could ask for anything more?