“Homeless Hacker” Christopher Doyon’s attorney

August 22, 2013

While checking on the case of Christopher Doyon, the so-called homeless hacker who took down Santa Cruz County websites back in 2010, I stumbled upon an interesting profile I hadn’t seen previously.

Doyon is being represented against federal hacking charges by Ventura County attorney Jay Leiderman. 

Leiderman has begun to build something of a name for himself representing high-profile hackers.

The Ventura County Star profiled Leiderman and his work in this area a few months ago.

Reporter Tony Biasotti writes:

“The client was known online as Commander X, the leader of the People’s Liberation Front, a group allied with the hacker collective Anonymous. He was suspected of engineering an attack on the county of Santa Cruz’s servers, an allegation that could land him in prison for up to 15 years.

His attorney, Jay Leiderman of Ventura, had never defended a computer crimes case. In the summer of 2011, after weeks of email and phone conversations, they decided to meet in person.

By then, Leiderman knew his client’s real name, but Commander X was keeping his identity a secret to the outside world. The client had a protocol for their meeting, and his lawyer followed it. Leiderman went to a specific street corner in a Northern California town — he won’t say which one — where he found a middle-aged homeless man sitting on the sidewalk.

Leiderman wrapped a dollar bill around his business card and dropped it in the man’s hat. Then he walked two blocks to a nearby park and sat on an empty bench.

The homeless man got up a few minutes later and joined Leiderman on the park bench. He was Christopher Doyon, also known as Commander X. The two men talked for hours.”

It’s a very interesting piece. You can read the whole article online here. 

Nothing new appears to be happening with Doyon’s case in federal court. He skipped bail and fled the country last year, leaving local attorney Ed Frey to foot the bill.  He still faces up to 15 years behind bars if he’s convicted of the charges against him.


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2 Responses to “Homeless Hacker” Christopher Doyon’s attorney

  1. Denica De Foy
    August 30, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Total honor to meet these awesome people!

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