The man who went by the Twitter handle @JustBatCat and who claimed that their real name was Noah McHugh was arrested Sunday night according to twitter user @ChannelZeroYT, who said he was talking on Skype with @JustBatCat when the arrest occurred. @JustBatCat had freely admitted to be the one behind the hacking of the website belonging to Steubenville “Big Red” football supporter Jim Parks which led to the release of Park’s private emails on the LocalLeaks site. The hacking was a significant media milestone in the Steubenville rape case story that caused a significant increase in media focus on the story.
As the Los Angeles Times has reported:
Someone also hacked and defaced a website dedicated to Steubenville High School athletics, drawing scorn and the promise of litigation.
“The outrageous claims they made while controlling this site were totally false, completely absurd, and totally unfounded,” the athletics website now says. “They were clearly both libelous and slanderous, and were not even intended to reveal truth, but rather simply to get media attention and terrorize the Steubenville community. Innocent people have been greatly harmed.”
The statement, signed by someone named Jim Parks, called the hackers “terrorists” and took aim at the New York Times, which published a lengthy expose on the case in December.
Tonight, twitter user @ChannelZeroYT claims to have been talking on Skype with @JustBatCat when he was arrested.
On January 31st, @JustBatCat was being threatened with doxing and released his own personal information and photos.
I have spoken with @JustBatCat on a podcast and privately. He has also spoken on Twitter about his identity and the hacking.and he admitted being the person behind the hacking of Mr. Park’s website and also admitted to being a Department of Defense employee named Noah McHugh.
@JustBatCat has said that he felt as though he faced no serious legal jeopardy for the hacking of Mr. Park’s website, which he described as a ‘private .com’ that he felt would merit a misdemeanor charge at worst. Laws against computer crimes are complex, however, and prosecutions occur at both the state and Federal level. At this time, the arrest of @JustBatCat has not confirmed, nor is there any detail on which agencies were involved.
Update: I have left voicemail for Mr. McHugh.