Anonymous, the collective of cyber "hacktivists" who are known to wreak havoc on the Internets, reportedly hacked into the website of the city of Ferguson, Mo., Sunday night.
To prevent any hacking attempts, the mayor of Ferguson ordered the IT department to take down the city's servers overnight. Despite the IT department's best efforts, none of the city's email servers were working Monday morning. The action came after Anonymous threatened to leak the personal information of Ferguson police officers in the wake of the police shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown.
Anonymous turned its sights on St. Louis Police Chief Jon Belmar and his family after Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson announced he would not release the name of Brown's killer as promised today. The St. Louis Police Department is handling the investigation into Brown's death.
An associate of Anonymous tweeted photos of Belmar's family and the home address of a Ferguson police officer. It is not known if the police officer is the same one who shot Brown multiple times on Saturday.
One of the photos tweeted from the Anonymous Twitter account showed a confederate flag on the wall behind a male who was identified as Belmar's son, Colin.
In related news, President Barack Obama called for peace and expressed his condolences to the Brown family today.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Obama said:
“I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding,” Obama said. “We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.”
Thanks to loyal reader @RonitaMcAfee for the tip.
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