Ah, the bizarre legal results of confused courts and confused laws. Four of the people arrested in the UK and accused of being a part of the not-actually-a-group Anonymous last week won a small part of a court battle. Prosecutors apparently had asked the court to bar the four from using Twitter or other social networking and chat services, such as TinyChat, arguing that "Anonymous as a group continues to be active." The court decided that it would not issue such a complete ban, though it had already blocked them from using IRC. Instead, it said that they could continue to use social networking and chat programs... but not use their existing online personas
. It is, therefore, somewhat ironic that one of the people in question used his real first name
as his online persona previously:
Peter David-Gibson, aged 20 from Hartlepool, who went by the online nickname “Peter”
Yes, you read that right. A guy accused of being Anonymous
, but who used his real name
online, can now no longer use his real name... because he may have been a part of Anonymous. That makes sense.