Reason Magazine Subpoena Backfires, Anonymous Doxes Silk Road Judge Again

New York City, New York (TFC) – Only a few days after I covered the fact that Reason Magazine revealed that lawyers from the Southern District of New York had subpoenaed them in an effort to identify the people behind some comments posted on the reason.com website, members of Anonymous Sweden have yet again posted public information about Judge Katherine Forrest, who was the sitting judge in the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the young man behind the dark net website Silk Road.

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Someone using the handle PH1K3 (and @_Anonymous_swe_ on Twitter) published a ghostbin note where he posted sensitive details about Forrest, including her social security number, birth date, home address and home telephone number. Pictures of the judge’s alleged house in New York were also posted in various places online.

    A picture being floated in the underground hacking community purporting to be the house of Judge Katherine Forrest

A picture being floated in the underground hacking community purporting to be the house of Judge Katherine Forrest

PH1K3 indirectly confirmed to me that he was indeed behind the publishing of the information about Forrest but did not answer additional follow up questions I asked about his opinions about the judge or the trial of Ross Ulbricht. The general sense throughout the underground hacktivist community is what the document published states, namely that “THE JUDGE WILL PAY FOR WHAT SHE DID.” The message “FREE ROSS ULBRICHT” also appears throughout many of the statements and documents published by members of Anonymous.

In May 2015, PH1K3 also claimed that he hacked an NSA e-mail server hosted by Quest in an interview for the website The Cryptosphere.


Virgil Vaduva is a Libertarian security professional, journalist, photographer and overall liberty freak. He spent most of his life in Communist Romania and participated in the 1989 street protests which led to the collapse of the Ceausescu regime. He can be reached at vvaduva at truthvoice.com.