Cyrus Farivar reports that Deric Lostutter, aka “KYAnonymous,” whose case has been followed on this site since 2015, was sentenced to two years in federal prison. Lostutter had been instrumental in leaking evidence concerning the Steubenville rape case. Lostutter initially denied his involvement. But in November 2016, he reversed himself and took a plea agreement in exchange for the prosecution dropping two of the four counts, including the hacking charge under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. (The other two counts—conspiracy and making false statements—remained.) “Not surprised by sentence, which is a year more than one of the rapists got,” Tor Ekeland, Lostutter’s attorney, told Ars by text message on Wednesday. “And on par with what one of the [other] rapists got.” Read more on Ars Technica.
Bill Estep reports: A computer hacker who lived in Clark County and used the online name KYAnonymous has admitted he illegally accessed a computer to get involved in a notorious 2012 rape case in Steubenville, Ohio. Deric Lostutter, 29, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to hack a website associated with Steubenville High School athletics and to a second charge of lying to an FBI agent investigating the breach. Read more on Kentucky.com.
Greg Kocher reports: Deric Lostutter, the Clark County online activist known as “KYAnonymous” who helped draw national attention to an Ohio rape case, was indicted on four felony counts Thursday by a federal grand jury in Lexington. The indictment says Lostutter violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when he “knowingly and intentionally joined and voluntarily participated in a conspiracy” to access a computer without authorization. The purpose of the conspirators was to “harass and intimidate and to gain publicity for their online identities,” the indictment says. The indictment does not identify Lostutter’s co-conspirator other than to say that the person lived in Virginia and used the online identity of “JustBatCat.” Read more on Lexington Herald Leader.
M. David reports: Deric Lostutter, the 26-year-old “hacktivist” who leaked the evidence that led to the conviction of two of the Steubenville, Ohio rapists is now facing more time behind bars than the rapists he exposed. The Steubenville Rape Case made national headlines when a video made by the rapists themselves, and their friends, proved that their victim was unconscious and unable to consent. Read more on Mint Press News.