The self-proclaimed “Bitcoin Baron” is in police custody in Arizona on charges of computer tampering for cyberattacks on statewide systems. He is also the suspect in attacks on the city of Madison, Wisconsin. The DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks in Arizona were in apparent retaliation for the release of a felon that later committed murder, while the Wisconsin attacks were punishment for the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man by a Madison police officer.
Randall Charles Tucker, 20 had apparently been under investigation for 6 months following a Youtube video and email threatening Arizona government computer systems. In both the video and the email he proclaimed himself “Bitcoin Baron”:
“Hello, My name is Bitcoin Baron and I have something for you. I’m currently attacking mesaaz.gov for their incompetence in the fact that they didn’t keep Ryan Giroux in prison for life for his other felonies, but instead he was out and able to kill someone and injure others, read one email.
In the Madison, Wisconsin incident, Tucker apparently had a serious case of blame-envy as he is accused of launching an attack on a Madison news station website KOMU.com, because he was upset that they gave credit to hacker group Anonymous and not him for a previous cyber attack. An independent news site News2Share also faced threats and DDoS attacks by Tucker.
The Open Ledger tracked down a Youtube Video by the Bitcoin Baron from March 9th, 2015 claiming a cyber attack on the Madison Police Department.
The Youtube channel also boasted of other DDoS attacks, “Knocking off Ca.Gov site and more to come in the future. Make sure to visit my twitter and follow along.” The Open Ledger obliged and found a number of interesting and brazen tweets often laced with a limited repertoire of obscenities that included the words, “slut”, ‘nigga’, ‘biiitch’ and ‘faggots’.
There was also this exchange with KOKH FOX TV reporter Bill Shammert:
The investigation was a joint effort between the Madison Police Department and the FBI. Baron Blockhead is awaiting his court date of April 20th. He’s currently without bond in the Pinal County Jail.