An anarchist street kid raised by a heroin- addict father, he dropped out of high school, taught himself the intricacies of code and developed a healthy paranoia along the way.
The agents photocopied his receipts, seized three of his cellphones — he owns more than a dozen — and confiscated his computer.
They informed him that he was under government surveillance.
The Rise and Fall of Legendary Hacker Jeremy Hammond Appelbaum tells me about one of his less impressive hacking achievements, a software program he invented called Blockfinder.
It was not, he says, particularly difficult to write.
During the Beijing Olympics, Chinese protesters used Tor to hide their identities from the government.