Thursday, August 14, 2014

“Anonymous” Attack Disrupting Ferguson City Government

Via Fox, St. Louis

Protests in the streets have not been the only disruption in the city of Ferguson since the shooting of Michael Brown by police. A cyber attack by the hacker group “Anonymous” has done more damage than any bottle or brick.

The threats from “Anonymous” came shortly after the protests surrounding Brown’s death started. In a video released on YouTube, the group was specific about what it intended to do.

“We will take every web based asset of your departments and governments offline,” the robotic voice said over video associated with the Brown case. “That is not a threat, it is a promise. Attacking the protestors will result in the release of personal information on every single member of the Ferguson Police Department.”

It quickly became clear this was no joke.

”The disruption of the hackers of the website also disrupted of course our Microsoft Exchange servers and also our phones because our phones are voice IP,” Mayor James Knowles, III of Ferguson said.

Those technical problems have made systems unreliable for the city all week. Knowles says they’ve been running much of city government by text message, and City Hall has yet to re-open.

But Knowles says the far scarier part of this is the personal information that has been hacked and published online.

The rest of the story is here. Raw audio of St. Louis police dispatch from the date of August 9th 2014, the day Mike Brown was murdered by a Ferguson PD officer posted by TheAnonMessage.

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