Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Anonymous gives the 'Pepper Spraying Cop' the Web version of tear gas

Based on hacker group Anonymous' support of the Occupy movement, we fully expected this to happen. The group has outed the personal contact information for Lt. John Pike, the now famous (as an Internet meme) "Pepper Spraying Cop" who casually sprayed peaceful "Occupy Davis" protesters.

Anonymous has obtained and leaked his personal contact information, including his home address, home and cell phone numbers, email address, and an alleged home address. It's not surprising: during the so-called Cat Bin Lady incident, we saw members of 4Chan do the same thing.

A call made to the listed cellphone number was answered by a voicemail prompt which named Pike as the owner of the number. However, it also said the voicemail box was full (is there any mystery as to why?). In addition to the video, Anonymous posted Pike's information to pastebin.

The video (embedded below) said (after close to a minute of ominous music) "Dear Officer John Pike, we are Anonymous. Your information is now public domain," after which it broadcast his information, as video of the pepper spraying incident is shown in the background. The video is 10 minutes long.

Another two-minute long video (also below) has been posted to YouTube. Its author, who claims to be affiliated with Anonymous cited California law about tear gas and related weapons, basically stating that Pike's use of pepper spray was unlawful, due to the peaceful nature of the protest. The video further warns:

"The law is clear, and we, Anonymous, have been sending formal complaints and will continue to do so in the future. We also warn you, if you or the rest of UCD Police continue to use mindless violence on peaceful protesters, more severe countermeasures shall follow."

Anonymous is a loosely tied together group of hackers, though, and oft-times a threat or statement by one member or sub-group is disavowed by another.

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