- The Washington Times - Monday, October 24, 2016

A patriotic U.S. hacker known only as “The Jester” hit Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Friday with a warning: “Knock it off.”

A giant distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Dyn Inc. late last week along U.S. East Coast disrupted major websites. That incident served as the final straw for Jester, who told Russia he was about to lose his “temper.”

“Comrades! We interrupt regular scheduled Russian Foreign Affairs Website programming to bring you the following important message,” the hacker wrote on the website, CNN reported Monday. “Knock it off. You may be able to push around nations around you, but this is America. Nobody is impressed. … Let’s get real, I know it’s you, even if by-proxy, and you know it’s you. Now, get to your room. Before I lose my temper.”

The hacker, who says he was deployed to Afghanistan during a five-year stint in the military, told the network that he is sick of seeing his country treated like a punching bag.

“I wanted to poke them in the eye and stop feeling like U.S. is just taking it on the chin. Again,” Jester told CNN. “I’m not gonna sit around watching these f–-rs laughing at us.”

The hacker, whose work went public in December 2009, said his “professional courtesy” of putting Russia on notice probably kept its cybersecurity agents busy throughout the weekend.

Jester also made national headlines in January when he systematically attacked roughly 200 websites frequented by Islamic terrorists.

“I realized something needed to be done about online radicalization and ‘grooming’ of wannabe jihadis, and we didn’t have mechanisms to deal with it,” Jester told CNN Jan. 16. “I decided to start disrupting them.”

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