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Anonymous drops the ball in cop murder of unarmed black kid in Missouri

Anonymous screwed up.

The shadowy collective of hacktivists, a hydra with many tentacles but no clear leader, invested itself into the race-tinged mayhem unleashed by the community of Ferguson, Missouri, where an overzealous cop killed an unarmed black teenager earlier this week.

Anonymous launched a massive DoS attack on Ferguson’s city servers Thursday, which caused them to crash and forced cops to use text messages to communicate. Predictably, it also went after the cops themselves, hacking city servers for personal information about the police chief and his kids, which they posted online, press reports said.

To top it off, the hackers erroneously released the name of the cop who they believed murdered Michael Brown, 18, on Sunday. In fact, the name they released was an innocent local resident who wasn’t involved. The Ferguson police chief named the cop who killed Brown: Darren Wilson.

Interestingly, Anonymous members took to online forums before the DDoS attacks. Some discussed potential targets and methods to be used, all helpful information for federal law enforcement who monitor the chats in order to get a leg up on Anonymous methods and communications.

The dissent between Anonymous members that ensued with the online posting of the wrong guy played itself out on a Twitter account, @TheAnonMessage, which has since been taken down and was used to release the name. A backup account has been established, @TheAnonMessage2.

The murder of a seemingly innocent kid by a cop is odious to say the least. And Anonymous, which wields considerable power and whose aims are oftentimes good, blew a chance here to help affect change and create a dialogue on race.


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45 comments
Adam Reed
Adam Reed

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Martin Burns
Martin Burns

I'm shocked - shocked, I say, that an anonymous, unaccountable mob somehow behaved like all anonymous, unaccountable mobs throughout history. I mean, I thought, because internet, everything would magically change.

Martin Burns
Martin Burns

Wait... but, you're busy posting to Facebook, too... man, that's some meta shite...

Drake Preston
Drake Preston

Everyone has a channel available to broadcast on the new Social Media platform www.tapthere.com Social TELEPORTATION

Gerald Witt
Gerald Witt

It's way better than normal Anonymous.

林征週
林征週

Public Masturbators Anonymous

Josh Gorman
Josh Gorman

Um no excuse me anononymos are very elite hackers, they are very good at memes and they communicate via the Intercontinental Ruse Contraption network which is highly encrypted it's like boats in a shipping lane. You are lucky they don't point the LOIC at you for saying things like that (which, by the way, is a kind of space weapon that shoots ions, do you have any idea who you are messing with?!). By the way, the internet forum that anomynous uses are Redit and 9gags.

Christopher J Genosky
Christopher J Genosky

Anonymous is an entity and it starts with script kiddies in IRC who only know enough about ddos attacks, arp poising and snooping to impress someone who doesn't. I watched this last one sprout from anonnet.

Kye Alan Russell
Kye Alan Russell

There are no "real people behind Anonymous", it's all kids.

Scott Lightner
Scott Lightner

", blew a chance here to help affect change and create a dialogue on race." Venture Beat does that, much, ever?

Nika B
Nika B

Why would ppl who get Anonymous and what they are doing give a rats ass what money focused VentureBeat says? Just asking.

Liz McLellan
Liz McLellan

They have done great things in the past. They need to take direction from those they believe they are helping much better than they do currently.

Xacobe Vilas G
Xacobe Vilas G

You all fail to understand that anonymous is not an entity, nor a group of people. Anonymous is you, your neighbour, your gf your coworker and everyone who is sick of this world where governments oppress and assassinate their citizens. But, who cares, you are all too busy posting to fb.

Ruben Muniz
Ruben Muniz

If it were not for Anonymous taking the initiative of shutting down the internet and communications of police, they may have still been lining the streets in riot gear. 'Seemingly innocent'?? What a nice thing to say about Mike Brown, who had no weapons on him and who's life ended at the hands of a policemen faster than anyone could say 'You have the right to remain silent.' this article dicredits Anonymous and it should not. The majority of live posts from Ferguson came from Anon and affiliates.  By the way, you missed a period at the end of 'press reports said.' <--- that's how it should look like. Peace

Yaakob Williams
Yaakob Williams

Chances are they'll learn from this mistake and keep it movin

Tanzil Khan
Tanzil Khan

why cant anonymous attack those servers where govt. keeps information about aliens and ufos, that they dont want to share with us.

Gerald Witt
Gerald Witt

Lol we r leejun, do forgive, forget us. Bunch of white knights.

David Blau
David Blau

state senator from missou on Al-Jazeera America an hour ago confused the two as well. host was tryyying so hard to help her along.

Michael Therrien
Michael Therrien

VentureBeat, I'm sorry but you are wrong here. Anonymous has always been about protecting civil liberties, and doing what seems right when something seems wrong. A civil servant acting out irrationally is immoral and illegal. A city harboring the wrongful and wrongdoing caused irrational escalation by civilians, and in turn, police. How well does it work when a city is in police-state to de-escalate a situation it's caused? If anything it looked like further protection of it's own poor decisions. Is that moral or legal, and does it demonstrate our Constitution and protect civil liberties? If so, whose civil liberties were protected and by whom? Everyone makes their own decisions and if you ask me, Anonymous had far less influence on the decisions of others in this situation than most situations it finds itself in.

Christopher J Genosky
Christopher J Genosky

It's impossible to differentiate. When I hung out in mud rooms, bbs's and irc for close to 15 years... the real hackers we're always quite and the script kiddies were loud as hell all fighting for that chance to get on the 0-day archive but never invited because for them it was a personal achievement akin to a love of Justin Beiber. They share too much and give too little.

Alex Esser
Alex Esser

Anonymous does not exist. Just a bunch of different hackers using one monicker without any central organisation. Do your research.

Cooper Thompson
Cooper Thompson

In general, people who are anonymous for any reason don't end up holding themselves to the same standards.

Tag
Tag

Truth.

Jamie Toelle
Jamie Toelle

Wannabe Anonymous kids would discuss things on an open forum..lol The real people behind Anonymous are Paranoid beyond belief and would never, ever use traditional means of communication...

Cooper Thompson
Cooper Thompson

But, can you imagine the effect if they happened to affect positive change? :)

nope nopee
nope nopee

First off, get it straight, this was not an innocent death, and there are more facts coming out everyday.  Like how the "innocent" kid had just robbed a store before being stopped.  Not hard to believe that he wouldnt try to fight a cop after watching the robbery video.  ALWAYS more than one side to the story!!!

Tag
Tag

They can affect positive change. They can't effect anything.

Milo O'Gorman
Milo O'Gorman

Script kiddies and black hats... Dr.Seuss needs to cast his net wider if he's gonna educate... ;-)

Milo O'Gorman
Milo O'Gorman

I'd daresay various spook camps internationally have already wormed their way in... after all, they're the experts at 'profiling' so they would have the expertise in 'planting just the right persons'...

John Hetlage
John Hetlage

No surprise here. Anonymous is as stupid and useless as a two dollar bill.

Alex Redman
Alex Redman

small factions get infiltrated often, but its not impossible to damage anonymous since they have 2000+ factions now worldwide

Christopher J Genosky
Christopher J Genosky

Well, imagine that. A group where 1,000's of script kiddies can join and you call it positive change? Please.

Milo O'Gorman
Milo O'Gorman

Seems Anonymous has been infiltrated... irony huh ?

katomart
katomart

@M_Ceallaigh I hate the mob wanting the name so badly. I knew it would serve no one.

Jenni Hyche
Jenni Hyche

Actually YOU need to get it straight sincce the police chief just stated that he had nothing to do with the robbery and the cop who stopped him knew nothing about him being a suspect in a robbery!!! Get your facts before this shooting cops were targeting blacks its know if you want I can post the web sites..... also the cop who shot this kid killed two unarmed blk men in 2000 which was also stated by the police chief..... ANYTHING LEFT TO SAY????