Is Tom Ryan th3j35t3r?

WASHINGTON – Security professional Tom Ryan, in an interview with The Internet Chronicle, said that he was not in fact cybercriminal th3j35t3r, as he had been accused of being in much rumor and Twitter gossip, which Mr. Ryan said had largely been driven by Anonymous leader Barrett Brown. Mr. Brown, a self-avowed leader of the group Anonymous, has received taunts from Tom Ryan’s Twitter account, taunts claiming that Mr. Brown is himself a federal informant.

With regards to specific Twitter linguistic similarities shared by both Mr. Ryan and th3j35t3r , similarities recently circulated documents have noted, Mr. Ryan said that, upon seeing the documents, “If you want to compare a lot of the people that have served in the military, you’ll probably see a lot of the same lingo.”

Mr. Ryan’s profile itself is rather high, speaking earlier this year at Fordham University in a lecture called “When Hackers Attack: Protecting Your Online Identity.”
“Do you think th3j35t3r’s in the military? Do you think this confirms it?” this reporter asked.
“Well, he has claimed to have been,” said Mr. Ryan.
“Right, of course,” I said.
“But since I don’t know who he or she is, I really don’t know,” said Mr. Ryan, as the hacker’s identity is only for convenience’s sake inferred masculine by this article.
Added Mr. Ryan, “I totally don’t agree with the whole jester’s ideology as far as [denial-of-service]’ing attacks and all.  And there’s a lot of things that’s said about [the dox’ings] that were purposely left out of that document because anybody that knows me knows that I’m totally against DOS’ing and [distributed denial-of-servicing]’ing because I think it’s stupid.”

A popular Pastebin document, one widely circulated, noted that Mr. Ryan and th3j35t3r shared similar ideological attributes, in their associations, which to some observers seemed to line up with what many assessed would be the profiles of individuals who would attack Taliban and jihadist websites. “th3j35t3r” has been accused of censoring – although he actually, through a link, simply modified copies of — North African media sources, and extrajudicially undermining the operative base of WikiLeaks’ servers. His website claims that he monitored anyone who screened a QR code, very typically with cellphones, in the process stripping their text message histories from their phones, as well as their Web histories and passwords, were they to be in his list of bad guys.

Mr. Ryan says, in response to the Pastebin, says he’s familiar with the allegations that he is th3j35t3r and that the allegations are “completely false.” By phone, Mr. Tom Ryan says that several linguistic similarities between his own Twitter account, @TomRyanBlog, and that of th3j35t3r were totally coincidental. He says that one incidence of “#tangodown” — a hurrah used by LulzSec and th3j35t3r  to indicate having taken down a website –was purely for an April Fool’s day joke, as he had tweeted only on the 1st of April. However, he had actually tweeted twice that day, one minute apart each time.

“And you turn around and you look at it,” said Mr. Ryan of the phrase, “and they use that comparison, but yet Anonymous IRC uses it all the time. They used it yesterday on the CIA.”

The only major underground source on major record hinting semi-definitively at th3j35t3r’s background as a “former defense operative with knowledge of Special Forces activities” who told The New York Times that th3j35t3r was formerly of Special Operations Command, raising questions about the possibility of th3j35t3r being an operative on the payroll of the federal government.

Parties of major interest in First Amendment cases became the recipients of attacks, namely the notably discriminatory Westboro Baptist Church, just as they had been under the thumb of adversarial, to th3j35t3r, hacktivist collective LulzSec. A group based primarily in the United Kingdom, LulzSec’s now all but arrested members have received Homeland Security Department scrutiny in recent months, as a model of the modern, disorganized mass cybersecurity threat. At the time LulzSec appeared to be free, to the public, “th3j35t3r” was obsessed with carrying out their unmaskings and claimed to have identified a member, Hector Monsegur, in November, while Mr. Monsegur was in reality already an FBI informant.

In his own lawless undermining of a Midwestern anti-homosexual group’s website, what finally set off th3j35t3r against that church, he wrote, was their celebration of the deaths of several homosexual U.S. service men. Only two months prior, in December, the controversy over “don’t ask, don’t tell” would become a congressional standoff in the House at the end of 2010.

“I draw the line in the sand . . . when they attempt to get in the face of the mourners of our military . . . their families,” wrote th3j35t3r during a Halloween Hacker Halted Conference, in Miami — also, claims Mr. Ryan, attended by himself. “th3j35t3r” would hint that he, too, had attended, tweeting photographs from that location.
Today, The Internet Chronicle received an email from an anonymous, unfamiliar source, one referring the outlet to an attachment, an atachment of screenshots sampled from a Twitter user named “Smedley Manning.” This username is clearly an allusion to Bradley Manning, a modern-day U.S. political prisoner, the most prolific leaker of state secrets; and Smedley Butler, at the time of World War I the most decorated soldier in national history, and the discoverer of a plot, he said, by domestic industrialists to overthrow the Roosevelt administration. “th3j35t3r” was the first of “Butler’s” 50-some followers on Twitter.

At this address, there is a rather lengthy, anonymous rumination on the meaning of the Tom Ryan and th3j35t3r writing similarities. Altogether it’s a very nitty-gritty breakdown on the kinds of reconnaissance and counterintelligence talents that Mr. Ryan brags that he possesses on his LinkedIn page.

So far, there’s nothing explicitly illegal or even, arguably, unethical in the hacker’s actions on QR codes on cellphones, says Security New Daily, as th3j35t3r’s software, they say, has only been listening to see how much information a social-networking app will give up.

CORRECTION: This article misattributed a claim to have attended the Hacker Halted conference. Indeed, as Mr. Ryan points out on Twitter, “I never said I went to Hacker Halted.” It was a reiteration of innuendo present in the so-called dox’ing of th3j35t3r:

Last year, TR and J both attended Hacker Halted in Miami and DEFCON in Nevada. Based on what we know of the pair’s political leanings and infosec knowledge, that alone automatically narrows them down to less than 5,000 possible suspects.

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13 comments to Is Tom Ryan th3j35t3r?

  • Sp0okinly

    Someone pleaaseee throw that interview up on Jew Tube for those unwashed hippies and hipster$….


  • Great MP3 interview, Tyler you remind me of the Peter Seller’s character “Clare Quilty” from the Kubrick movie “Lolita”.

    Very funny and you handled it well!

  • TJ OConnor

    After Robin Jackson (@rjacksix) finished cumming he pulled his big cock out of me and I could feel his warm man-love dripping to the sheets from my dilated hole and running down my balls. He patted my right flank. “You’re a great fuck,” he said, between breaths.

    “No, you’re the great fuck,” I called between my legs. “Thank you.” Robin laughed as he backed away.

    Into his place, on his knees, came his friend Ed Williams (@cephurs), who’d been standing off to the side stroking himself while Robin had fucked me the past half hour. Ed was the friend from out of state Robin had been telling me about the past few months. “I sent Ed some pictures. He’s dying to fuck you. You’re OK if I share you with him right?”


    “Ed’s a helluva nice guy. You’ll love him. He’ll be here for two weeks.”

    Ed was bigger than Robin, which was saying something. Maybe not longer but definitely thicker. I was glad Robin had gone first—now I was nice and ‘open’ for the bigger guy, not to mention lubed up.

    As Ed pushed into me for what would be the first of many fucks during his visit he said, “I just loving fucking a guy lubricated by another man’s jism. You have such nice skin, too, so smooth.” He slapped my narrow left buttock. I flinched. He grabbed the taut flesh of my hips and picked up where Don had left off: slamming me backwards against his stout thighs.

    About 15 minutes in he told me to roll over. I complied, glad for the breather. As he pushed in me again, relentlessly, I wrapped my skinny legs around him. As he fucked me he kissed me on the mouth. We locked lips. He shoved his tongue down my throat until I felt myself suffocating. Finally he twisted his head aside and cried out. He must’ve screamed a half dozen times. I could feel his big cock throbbing in me as he released load after load. He’d emailed Robin before leaving that he’d been ‘saving it up for a week’ and now I believed him.

    As he backed away he patted my thigh and told me I’d been worth the wait. I thanked him. I wanted to thank him in another way, rolling forward and sucking the remaining cum dripping from his limp cock. But he pulled away, apparently spent and no longer in the mood…

    After a quick shower I pulled some panties on and ran downstairs to get my two lovers the cold beers they’d requested. As I approached the doorway I overheard Don saying to his friend: “If you want, tomorrow I’ll have him dress up in hose and garters for you.”

    “And heels?” Ed asked playfully.

    “If you like. He pulls his panties on over the garters. That way all you have to do is yank ‘em down to fuck him.”

    “Yum,” Ed said.

    As I handed them the beers Ed gave me the once-over, from head to foot, sizing me up for the next day’s threesome..

    • Andy Kaufman

      Hey isn’t Ed Wiiliams (@cephurs) also @MrBeagleman on twitter too? Noticed CabinCr3w tweeted their doxed on him and @rjacksix on Nov.10/11 then on Nov.11 up popped @MrBeagleman. Plus bitcoins, dogs, snowboarding, and 9-11 ;-)

  • Good Grief

    SpoOkeYu (and the like) there is no such thing as “prosec” in relation to anyone currently or formerly active against Anon/jihadis/etc. Anons make terrible detectives, because they can’t even exercise a little simple observation.

    Th3j35t3r has always stayed within his own little group of four or five people, and while he clearly has his fanclub, nobody on reapersec has ever been involved, or even a fan of his actions/methods. Most folks have been agnostic on his activity because it was largely harmless 30 minute dos attacks, whoopee. Meanwhile, anonymous was raping millions of people’s private data, credit cards, and occupy was plotting to burn buildings and bomb bridges. Priorities, kids. Glass houses, too.

    For all of Anon’s super hypocritical whining, pseudo-doxing, etc., it was Researchers with good attention spans and attention to details (Thank you Sanguine Rose) who put it to rest. Anonymous have shown themselves to be completely ineffective, time and time again, as anything but a public nuisance, completely lacking any perspective or common sense.

    *Prosec was an irc group of about five or six people, several of whom were high school students. None of them have shit to do with Jester, reaper, or any other group of adult Security researchers.

    jester’s not a single person, he’s several people. One of those being a former Anon. Another can be found by looking at Jester’s Wikipedia page (you won’t like what you see, I guarantee it)

    Aside to Tyler: Tom was not at HH, but Robin Jackson was. Tom absolutely left the note at Defcon, but I believe he volunteered- he is not the jester and seems to have fallen out/away, like many have. Possibly because Jester is a self-aggrandizing liar who doesn’t play well with others.

    • @

      Most likely, Tom Ryan is cooperating on some very low level with those who control th3j35t3r, purposefully calling attention to himself by strategic purging of tweets, coordination of tweet style, and transparent cheerleading. More than ever, Ryan’s playing this game. Even if he’s totally unaware of th3j35t3r’s identities or inner-workings, he is fixing, facilitating, and possibly providing strategy.

    • Sp0okin4

      I am just a troll who is not a group fag unlike most of you, both anon and the supposed ‘good guys’ who feel the need to belong to something. Why so serious?!? Errr if I didn’t know better I’d say you sound like mach2600 but you write like that know-it-all fat ass troll Jennifer Emick (aka @AsherahResearch says ‘good grief’ a lot, just pointing a known fact) ;) And my point about reaperSec was they have had enough of the th3j35t3r personA’s bullshit faggotry & they seem to be TCB in terms of exposing “IT” for the fraud & fuckery of past 2 years or so.
      ‘Most likely, Tom Ryan is cooperating on some very low level with those who control th3j35t3r, purposefully calling attention to himself by strategic purging of tweets, coordination of tweet style, and transparent cheerleading. More than ever, Ryan’s playing this game. Even if he’s totally unaware of th3j35t3r’s identities or inner-workings, he is fixing, facilitating, and possibly providing strategy.’
      This comment sounds closer to the truth…and lol at @rjacksix. And I am wondering if Aaron Barr is now working for Provide Security/Tom Ryan. Why so quiet Aaron, no tweeting from your main account since Jan but it has not been lost on us lurkers/trolls that you changed your avatar to a sinking ship. Could it be you finally learned lesson that loose lips sink ships. Oh and Aaron you need to start wearing eye concealer, you looked like you aged 10 years in the doc ‘We Are Legion’.
      Ps-Until ppl are convicted in a court of law, ‘innocent until proven guilt’, whether it’s brad manning or those behind thejesterfag personA cockpuppet but fascists like you and Obama seem to some how forget that.

  • SpoOkeYU

    Well it seems th3j35t3r’s former fagdom of prosuck tards are about cannibalize one their own, about fuckin’ time. Keep an eyeball on them boys from reaperSec…#TANGODOWNMOTHERFUCKER$