Time Magazine: What Anonymous Is Doing in Ferguson
What the “hacktavist” group does, how it dealt with the affiliated member who misidentified Michael Brown’s killer and how many members are involved in Operation Ferguson
Jay Leiderman is mentioned in this Time Magazine Article from Aug. 21, 2014.
Why is Anonymous involved in the Ferguson protests?
Anonymous’ “main demand” is “justice” for Brown and his family, Leiderman says. They can grab the attention of the Ferguson police and “let them know that they’re serious,” he says. Operation Ferguson falls in line with previous Anonymous efforts to unmask alleged perpetrators, like the 2012 Operation Red Roll, which released private information about people allegedly complicit in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio.
Read the full Article in Time Magazine
The “whole reason why” Anonymous got involved was a local rap artist — Tef Po — who called out for help on Twitter, according to Coleman, and the affiliated members responded. A day after the Brown shooting, Anonymous, through Operation Ferguson, released a statement asking Congress to pass a bill to set “strict national standards for police conduct.” It also warned the Ferguson government and police department of cyber-counterattacks if the protesters were abused, harassed or otherwise harmed.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson speaks to a protester wearing a “Guy Fawkes” mask while he walks through a peaceful demonstration as communities continue to react to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri August 14, 2014. Missouri’s governor Jay Nixon moved to ease tensions on Thursday after days of racially charged protests over the police shooting of Brown, an unarmed black teenager, putting the African-American captain of the Highway Patrol Johnson in charge of security in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
“If you attack the protesters, we will attack every server and computer you have,” wrote the Operation Ferguson author. “We will dox [document trace] and release the personal information on every single member of the Ferguson Police Department, as well as any other jurisdiction that participates in the abuse. We will seize all your databases and e-mail spools and dump them on the Internet. This is your only warning.”