well a lot of you seem really misinformed about what happened with hide my ass.
They revealed the information because the person involved was involved with ILLEGAL activites as laid out by hma on that post. copyright infringement is still LEGAL in the USA and many other countries (and hopefully forever) it is however an infringement of someones copyright and thus subject to CIVIL penalties such as fines. If you recall NEVER in the history of the USA has ANYONE EVER been arrested for copyright infringement since as I pointed out is not illegal!
I recently recommended hma to a friend who was worried about giving out this cc info and thus his identity and whether they would release logs. I said to him, are you doing anything illegal with your connection (restating the above to him) he said well I guess not and then I said well then you have nothing to worry about for now...
I also brought up a couple of things to him about not having logs etc. Do you really think there should be completely annonymous internet connections where anything from human trafficking, child prostitution, pedophilia etc that such activities should or could be completely anonymous? Thats kind of a scary thought and yes perhaps there are other ways to catch these guys but seriously think of the moral dilemma here.
Personally I log into canada which is what I suggested to a friend because my activities online in order for them to sue me would involve getting a court order in 2 countries (barring such crazy things as that poor uk kid getting extradited) in order to reveal my true identity which I dont think has ever been done. However with that being said with all the crazy potential legislation trying to get passed I might consider moving to a truly annonymous vpn service simply as a voice that the bat **** crazy agenda that is getting pushed through this country and all over the world at the behest of the riaa/mpaa etc. To me it would be an act of protest.
I do suggest that all members of avs become a member of the copy left
and truly push towards a more sane way to protect ones intellectual or physical products (however I and many others could successfully argue there is no need for copy protection whatsoever in a capitalist economy.
There are very serious things going on in the world right now that if the riaa/mpaa monster doesnt get its back broken now it will successfully legislate to enact laws that secure and force its ****** business model on all of us.
I highly recommend techdirt.com to keep up to date on these issues as well as orginazations such as the eff https://www.eff.org/
and the fsf http://www.fsf.org/
Mike over at techdirt has written some fascinating articles about people using kickstarter etc to bypass the outdated music/ film industries and actually make it as an artist and not see all your money stolen from these ridiculous companies. the entire hollywood/ music industry needs to die and we should all be doing our part to help educate other people on these important issues facing us today.
(and yes I am serious and no this isnt an article this is how I feel)
So yeah I use hma and I think they did the right thing. I like some of the stuff that anonymous etc have done but it was technically illegal and some of the targets they have chosen are shameful (hello pbs) I mean come on its pbs the one friggen news outlet trying to preserve journalism. Obviously they didnt do enough to protect themselves when executing these attacks and maybe if they are going to take on such big targets they should learn how to be safe before they do it.