Sentencing delayed for writer tied to Anonymous

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Posted: Dec 16, 2014 5:59 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Sentencing has been delayed for a Dallas man whose online activities linked to hackers landed him under federal indictment.

Barrett Lancaster Brown's sentencing hearing in Dallas began Tuesday but will resume Jan. 22 to allow a review of newly introduced evidence.

Brown was a writer often quoted on the workings of Anonymous, the worldwide hacking collective that's staged cyberattacks on governments and businesses.

The 33-year-old cultivated followers on the Internet but came under federal investigation for posting a link to data stolen from an Austin, Texas-based defense contractor, Stratfor.

FBI agents arrested him two years ago, shortly after he posted YouTube videos threatening an agent.

He pleaded guilty in April to a greatly reduced set of charges but still faces more than eight years in prison.