As I’ve given the hacker series all the on air episodes planned, the series will now be moved to the blog. As promised I will begin to take apart the many aspects of the self proclaimed “patriot hacker” the Jester.
I wanted to begin this ongoing investigation with some of the obvious and known info and history and see where the trail leads. What it reveals in one way or the other should tell us more about the nature of this person and give one a chance to compare with the many claims made by him, spin team and fans. Also further analysis into those who seemed to have a clear inner circle connection with the hacker should offer us more insight. After all, is it not often true that we can learn something about a person by the type of people they closely associate with?
Often Jester has been known to show a concern over the use of his name, his brand if you will. In fact did he not liken himself to brand in his recent open letter to Twitter offering yet another appeal for Verified status? Lets start there in this article. Let this investigation begin with the most obvious of leads…..”the brand”?
It is certainly understandable a person of integrity and honor as Jester continues to be presented as, by himself and others, would object to the exploitation of their brand. After all I agree that coming up with and developing catch phrases, logos, website titles, etc, can be hard work. Furthermore given the nature of his activities and the danger it can and has created, he is accurate in his claim to Twitter that someone using his brand may be opening themselves up to the danger and resulting attacks meant for him.
So at face value we see someone who is understandably protective of their brand and concerned for the safety of even those who would exploit it in an effort gain his fame, unaware of the danger that comes with it. Sounds reasonable and perhaps even honorable…..except….
If we weigh his own actions and undisputed facts regarding his brand it would appear a different type of person may be coming to the surface. What type of person? Well, you decide.
The part of his brand I wanted to learn more about was that which is most present, his own internet domain, his site jesterscourt.cc and the logo associated with it.
(Apologies, I Removed the logo that was here per the owners request)
Now before someone grabs their DCMA forms for posting that logo above, one should know I didn’t get this from his website. I got it from another domain, jesters-court.net. After discovering this, one could wonder, why would these people steal from Jester. Who are they? Don’t they know the dishonor in using another’s brand, especially for a profit as Jester has scolded many in the past?!!! Do they also not know they danger they are placing themselves in by using his logo and similar domain name?!!!
Knowing what is to be understood about Jester regarding his strong views on respecting another’s intellectual property such as a brand and the dangers caused by such irresponsible and selfish acts as using it without permission, it’s safe to assume it is CANNOT be the other way around and that he in fact misappropriated another’s brand and possibly for financial gain (he does have a store after all).
I researched this site and located the owners of the website. It turns out it belongs to a company called Jester’s Court communication. A computer network and consulting company based in Pennsylvania, PA. Here is a link to a company profile Zoominfo Profile
I reached out to the owners to get to bottom of this and received an interesting and detailed response. Below is the most interesting and pertinent portion of that response, offered by one of the owners:
…..Jester’s Court Communications owns the copyright to our corporate logo,and any unauthorized use on the internet is clearly a case of misappropriation of our intellectual property rights. Until you pointed this out, Jester’s Court Communications was unaware of the use of our corporate logo by jesterscourt.cc.
To help you in your reporting, I will provide you some details to show copyright ownership status. As you are likely aware, copyright is automatic at creation in the United States. Registering a copyright only gives you the ability to litigate in a federal arena, which Jester’s Court Communications had never considered until you brought this to our attention.
I won’t rehash our Company Profile (you can read that at jesters-court.net), but we were founded in 1997. We registered our domain (jesters-court.net) on June 28, 2000 (you can verify with a whois lookup.) The logo in question was created for our corporate use by our CEO in 2003. It was deployed in mid-2003. This can be verified through archive.org (see: http://web.archive.org/web/20031127065127/http://www.jesters-court.net/). In fact, on that link, you will also see the prior logo that the logo in question replaced.
As you’re well aware, th3j35t3r came to light in 2010; his current domain (jesterscourt.cc) was registered April 9, 2013 according to the whois database. That’s 13 years after the founding of our company and 7 years after our Corporate logo is definitively published to the internet. Jester’s Court Communications is in no way affiliated with th3j35t3r. Our only knowledge of th3j35t3r was obtained from the media and our due diligence in investigating for our response…
It should be noted that my own due diligence research on the above claims, done prior to reaching out to them, does line up, with their assertion that they are the rightful owners.
So what does this mean? Who is stealing from whom, for their own financial and social gain? Who’s is endangering whom by doing so?
Ill let you do some of your own due diligence and decide for yourself. That is, assuming the site hasn’t disappeared or something Which in and of itself will raise a whole new set of questions….and rest assured would be followed up and thoroughly investigated without hesitation.
Ill leave it here for now. If you do decide to look into the above on your own, feel free to share your sincere thoughts,reflections, or questions in the comments below and what you came up with.
P.S. If you decide to check out jesterscourt.cc, do know that he uses a tracking service called Lucky Orange that not only records IP addresses of visitors but also videos mouse activity. If you are ok with this, no problem. However if some find that the recording is a bit creepy or not excited about the idea of a self admitted hacker having your IP address, I suggest some precautions the even hackers take when online or doing recon on a target site.
1. Consider a using good proxy or VPN service to mask your IP…stay away from TOR…no joke.
2. Google the site and instead of clicking the link, choose the cache view option. It’s an image recorded by google not the site itself, hence no traffic there.
Also you can go to luckyorange.com and there you can opt out of having your IP tracked. Though the above are more secure and safer options.