The international hacker group called “Anonymous” has joined the protest of Mike Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri. Anonymous calls itself a “hacktivist” organization and has targeted the United States government and large corporations with disruptive tech attacks in the past. In a video posted Sunday, Anonymous threatened to hack the Ferguson police department if any protesters are harmed. The group says they will release personal information from members of the police department and dump it on the internet. Their message in part:
On August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri the 17 year old and unarmed Mike Brown was shot several times and killed by an officer of the Ferguson Police Department. His body was left to lie in a pool of blood in the sweltering heat for hours while 15 police departments militarized the area against protesters, sealed the roads leading to Ferguson in a vain attempt to prevent protesters from reaching the city. The police has clearly crossed a line in the sand.
For this reason Anonymous will not be satisfied this time, as we have in the past – with simply obtaining justice for this young man and his family. Anonymous demands that the Congressional Representatives and Senators from Missouri introduce legislation entitled “Mike Brown’s Law” that will set strict national standards for police conduct and misbehaviour in the USA.
To the good people of Ferguson, take heart – and take your streets. You are not alone, we will support you in every way possible. Occupy every square inch of your city. Demand justice, staying silent today could result in the death of your kid tomorrow.
To the Ferguson Police Department and any other jurisdictions who are deployed to the protests: we are watching you very closely. If you abuse, harass – or harm in any way the protesters in Ferguson we will take every web based asset of your departments and governments off line. That is not a threat, it is a promise. Attacking the protesters will result in the release of personal information on every single member of the Ferguson Police Department, as well as any other jurisdiction that participates in the abuse of this States own law. We will seize all your databases and E-Mail spools and dump them on the Internet. This is your first and last warning.
The time has come for more than simple justice for these atrocities. The time has come to draw a line in the sand. The time has come to bring those to justice, who served to protect us, not kill us.
It was reported Monday by Missouri’s KMOV that the groups did indeed hack the City of Ferguson’s system. According to officials, city emails are currently down but, anticipating the attack, the mayor of Ferguson had all personal information removed from the site Saturday.
Update: Missouri’s KSDK has reported that not only are city email’s down but hackers have disrupted web sites and phone lines across city government. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III said in an interview that authorities and police are currently using a “phone chain” to communicate.