Jeremy Hammond

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(hacker, anarchist)
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Born8 January 1985
Chicago, Illinois, US
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Chicago.
Criminal charge
computer fraud
US hacker who was convicted to 10 years jail for hacking Stratfor and passing some of their data to Wikileaks. It soon was revealed he had been given the information necessary for the hack from an FBI informant.

Not to be confused with the journalist Jeremy R. Hammond

Jeremy Hammond is a US hacker and activist. He was part of the group LulzSec and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in 2013 for the attack on the US information service provider Stratfor in 2013. In 2014, it was revealed he had been given the information necessary for the hack from an FBI informant.

Early Life

Hammond was raised in the Chicago suburb of Glendale Heights, Illinois, with his twin brother Jason.[1][2] Hammond became interested in computers at an early age, programming video games in QBasic by age eight, and building databases by age thirteen.[1] As a student at Glenbard East High School in the nearby suburb of Lombard, Hammond won first place in a district-wide science competition for a computer program he designed.[1] Also in high school, he became a peace activist, organizing a student walkout on the day of the Iraq invasion and starting a student newspaper to oppose the Iraq War. His high school principal described Hammond as "old beyond his years".[1]

Protest warrior

The conservative group Protest Warrior was a network for the defamation of opponents of the war who took a public position against the second Iraq war. Hammond stole information from the website's database, including users' credit card information. Although the defense presented a political motivation, the court argued mainly on the financial potential of the stolen cards. The verdict was set at $ 500 for each of the 5,000 credit cards, and a loss of $ 2.5 million was recorded even though no card was charged. In December 2006 he was sentenced to two years in prison. [3]


On March 5, 2012, Hammond was arrested by the FBI. Hammond confessed to breaking into servers of the geopolitical think tank Stratfor in 2011, copying five million emails there and passing them on to Wikileaks. On November 15, 2013, he was sentenced to ten years in prison by a federal court in New York for hacking attacks[4]. Wikileaks immediately announced the publication of all remaining Stratfor data[5]. In the summer of 2014 it turned out that he had been given the information necessary for the hack from Hector Xavier Monsegur, who was also active at Lulzsec under the pseudonym "Sabu", but was also an FBI informant.[6]

In 2019, he was summoned before a Virginia federal grand jury which was investigating WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. He was held in civil contempt of court after refusing to testify.[7][8]

He was released from prison in November 2020.[9]


Event Participated in

International Festival of Whistleblowing Dissent and Accountability8 May 20218 May 2021InternetWhistleblowing event held in 2021.
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