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anonmaskThere is a bit of a buzz on Twitter about an Anonymous member who is going to find himself the subject of a movie by a major production company. Initial press releases state that the person is going to be portrayed as a hero. There seems to be the belief that this hero will become famous and as a result will make a fortune.

Not so fast.

The business of media hype in the entertainment industry is a strange one. The main thing that people need to understand is that producing a 2 hour movie is an expensive proposition. Even a cheap made for tv production will generate costs of at least $5 million and go up  from there. If location shots are in the script those costs rise due to transportation costs, equipment rental, permits and so forth.

Needless to say the producers will need to recoup a boat load of money. They are also going to have to compete with other productions for the limited venues for distributing their work. In order to maximize the most bang for the buck, the publicity departments of these production companies will go to some rather bizarre lengths to sell their movie.

enqcaPublicity is considered free advertizing and production companies will do anything to get it, even if that means throwing their hero under the bus in the process . As of this writing, the so called hero of the movie is facing some serious charges, which prompted the making of the movie in the first place.

In what will likely be a financial windfall for the company and the downfall for the hero, he is posting some rather odd things on Twitter and elsewhere that is not going to sit well with the Federal attorney who is assigned to prosecute him in federal court. Some of the twitter postings are likely to result in additional charges being lodged against the hero.

These new factors will enable to producers to “leak” this information to such publications as The Globe, The Enquirer and so forth. They will portray him as the most hated hacker in America all for the sake of making an extra buck. Bad press sells better than good press.

globeThis might make him a hero among his limited peer group in the short term, but in the long run it will spell disaster. The first thing to understand is that he is not expected to make much money if any since the rights to the story belong to Rolling Stone and the author who wrote the story the film will be based on. Rumor has it that he is acting as a consultant on the movie but may not be getting compensated for his efforts. If there is compensation it will likely be in the form of residuals which is a small percentage of the NET proceeds or “box office” as the income is widely called.

If the movie does not make enough money to cover the costs of production, he will not get a dime.

starThe next problem the hero will confront is his seriously reduced prospects of being able to earn a decent living. Since he has a reputation of being a hacker who advertizes a bounty for information on his targets ( mainly housewives) that he calls “rape apologists” that will likely be used to broadcast all sorts of personal information about them including, employer information, exact residential address and other normally private information, a lot of potential (and mostly conservative) employers will drop him like a hot potato. Who wants an employee that might get pissed off at the boss and destroy their computer system?  In one post, he implied of the ability to obtain social security information as well as other information that is not exactly legal to posses.

This brings us to the matter of making his legal situation worse. The hero seems to believe that the movie will create public pressure to cause the Government to drop the charges against him or at least go easy on him. Unfortunately, the opposite might be more likely. First, the postings of seeking a bounty for information to be used against the housewives might be considered a criminal offense. He might wind up being charged with wire fraud or even identity theft. His posts amount to a confession and could be used as discovery evidence in any pending trial on the expected initial charges stemming from an April 2013 raid of his Kentucky residence by the FBI.

This might wind up being the easiest computer hacking case ever prosecuted in the Federal courts.

His hero status will be short lived regardless of the success or failure of the production and weather or not he is able to keep out of the slammer.

In a rather short period of time, his short lived story of so called heroism will fade into obscurity and so will he.

Stay tuned

MURT

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