Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

Anti-SJW National Guard commander, cryptocurrency dev in deep trouble

A cryptocurrency developer, occasional infosec researcher, and National Guardsman has been arrested after joyriding an armoured personnel carrier in what some US news sites are calling a “drug-fuelled rampage”.

Joshua Yabut, a Virginian National Guard commander, was arrested after allegedly taking an M577 APC for a ride from its Fort Pickett base on Tuesday evening, and driving it around 100km to Richmond.

CBS reported Yabut was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 an 2009, and that he was arrested without incident.

Yabut gained a brief notoriety in the Tor community during the Tor Project's 2016 Jacob Appelbaum scandal, after trying to create an “anti-social justice warrior” Tor fork.

He's listed as a contributor to some IndependentOnion repositories (a project idle since 2016), while his own GitHub focuses mostly on cryptocurrency software.

His chase brought plenty of videos to Twitter, such as this reposted by Sky News:

Yabut also posted some Tweets about the escapade – we've used screenshots in case of later deletion.

Joshua Yabut's APC selfie

Yabut's selfie in front of the APC

Joshua Yabut's inside-the-APC shot

You can tell from Yabut's interior shot of the M577 that it's usually used as a mobile communications post, rather than a shopping trolley

In his court appearance, Yabut said the National Guard was his only source of income. ®

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