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During a presentation for Data Protection Day in Europe, FBI special agent Chuck Esposito apparently made light of the most obvious hacker stereotype ‚ÄĒ that all hackers are lonely, misanthropic nerds ‚ÄĒ according to a tweet by Christian Svanberg, a Copenhagen-based privacy lawyer.

As a clichéd trope (all a hacker really wants is love!) Esposito's comment is kind of perfect in its assumption that all Anonymous-affiliated hacktivists are men, or that any hacktivist woman must be a lesbian.

Not everyone was happy about Esposito's joke:



Biella Coleman, the author of Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous and an expert on the group, replied that many Anonymous members already have girlfriends:


Ah, to be young, in love, and a DDOSer.

Update 3:00pm: Looks like Svanberg deleted his tweet for whatever reason. Lucky for us we had a screenshot of it, which we have now dropped in its place.

Daniel Rivero is a producer/reporter for Fusion who focuses on police and justice issues. He also skateboards, does a bunch of arts related things on his off time, and likes Cuban coffee.