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Recently, someone placed me on the Internet Movie Database, or IMDB.

Here is my “filmography” –

2014 The Hacker Wars (Documentary) (self)
2014 The Hacker Wars (Documentary) (senior advisor)

Yes, I “played” myself in this wonderful film. It is about – as the title suggests – the Hacker Wars.

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For clips, try this post from this very blog:

Here is the biography that is attributed to me. It seems like it is close to my Wikipedia page:

Jay Leiderman is a criminal defense lawyer based in Ventura, California. Jay has been practicing for 15 years and was certified as a criminal law specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in 2006.

The Atlantic Magazine called Leiderman the “Hacktivist’s Advocate” for his work defending hacker-activists accused of computer crimes, or so-called (“Hacktivism”) especially people associated with the hacktivist collective Anonymous.


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Not an internet gangster, but that link, InternetGangster.Info, will tell you more about Jay.

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Jay Leiderman, called by some the “Internet Gangster” because of his heroic work as an “outlaw” fighting against the unjust systems the power elite set up to oppress those that seek freedom on the Internet.  Internet hero! Not Internet Gangster! For Jay’s other work, click through this blog.



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“Isn’t this illegal? In the case of the cameras accessed using default passwords, of course. Attorney Jay Leiderman told Motherboard that Insecam “is a stunningly clear violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) [I made it clear that the CFAA was an American law, and that this may or may not be illegal in other countries],” even if it is intended as a PSA. “You put a password on a computer to keep it private, even if that password is just ‘1.’ It’s entry into a protected computer.””

“It is pretty terrifying” wrote Tom McKay.

What, you ask is pretty terrifying? This: “How would you feel if you found out a live stream of your bedroom had been airing online for weeks?” Well, you guessed it, there is a site that has 73,000 feeds of 73,000 security cameras.

I was asked to comment for this article. Here are some samples of things I was quoted saying about this harrowing topic. Before I get to the quotes, I’ll remind the reader that your password security can never be lax. As annoying as it is sometimes to have long and strong passwords, it is worse to have someone looking at you through your webcam while you are taking a shower!

The article finishes with hope for a resolution: “But who’s going to stop it? Gawker reports the domain name appeared to be registered through GoDaddy to an IP address in Moscow, meaning they’re unlikely to be tracked down. Meanwhile, the alleged anonymous administrator of the site insisted to Motherboard that the scale of the problem warranted dramatic action — and that an “automated” process was adding thousands more each week.

“Hopefully, authorities will take action to bring Insecam down. But in the meantime, this should be a reminder that password security is no joke.”

I am a free speech and free expression advocate. I believe information wants to be free; that it routs around censorship like censorship is damage. This is not an issue of free speech of free access to information, this is taking as lesson on password security too far. The end – to teach people to be secure – could be achieved by different means. While the goal is noble, the methods are appalling. One must always remember, privacy for the individual trumps most other concerns in modern society. Changing technology should not trump traditional privacy. Civil rights are paramount for the individual. Transparency is for the State. Having said that, change your password now.

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The People cannot claim that they represent the world against the defendant

I just joined LinkedIn because I am advising a company on some data matters. I’ve come to enjoy seeing friends and colleagues in a whole new way. I’d love it if you checked out my profile and sent me a request to connect.

Here are some teasers from my account:


I believe in transparency for the State and large corporations and I believe in privacy for the individual. State and large corporate information wants to be free, it should be free, but our personal lives should not be subject to the Government Surveillance State.


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