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Hackers (Anonymous..) threaten Fullerton police website, email
Orange County Register ^ | August 14, 2011 | CLAUDIA KOERNER

Posted on 08/14/2011 11:24:33 AM PDT by Beaten Valve

FULLERTON – The hacker group Anonymous is threatening to disrupt the Fullerton Police Department's website and email after the death of a mentally ill homeless man last month following a confrontation with police officers.

The group is demanding the resignation of Police Chief Michael Sellers, the prosecution of the officers involved and the city to pay out $5 million to the family of Kelly Thomas, 37, who died July 10. Police said Thomas resisted while officers were investigating reports of an attempted car burglary. Six officers responded to subdue him, and a bloody photo showing Thomas' fatal head and neck injuries has received national attention.

In an online letter, Anonymous accuses the police department of attempting to cover up the incident. "This is not just a brutal attack against another human being, but an attack against human rights," the letter said.

(Excerpt) Read more at ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: anonymous; answer; blackmail; communistagenda; fullerton; hackers; kellythomas; ronthomas; txnukeconcerntroll

1 posted on 08/14/2011 11:24:37 AM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve
Just an excuse for more malfeasance.

Guess it hasn't ocurred to these geniuses that they are only hurting the tax-paying, law-abiding citizens of Fullerton.

2 posted on 08/14/2011 11:29:11 AM PDT by floozy22 (The Palin Brand 2012: For Such A Time As This)
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To: Beaten Valve

Cyber-Blackmail!

If the FBI is not already going after them, they should be.


3 posted on 08/14/2011 11:48:21 AM PDT by Zarro (Jail Congress)
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To: floozy22

They are also hurting their own cause, by telegraphing their existence and intentions.


4 posted on 08/14/2011 11:51:14 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: floozy22
Guess it hasn't ocurred to these geniuses that they are only hurting the tax-paying, law-abiding citizens of Fullerton.

Did you mean the hackers or the police? (Homeless people pay sales taxes, and many aren't criminal either. Still, the police find it necessary to murder them from time to time.)

5 posted on 08/14/2011 11:59:05 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan

I meant the hackers. What the police did is indefensible.


6 posted on 08/14/2011 12:02:04 PM PDT by floozy22 (The Palin Brand 2012: For Such A Time As This)
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To: Beaten Valve; floozy22; Zarro; Cboldt
Wow. Thanks for posting and thanks for your comments.

I am chiming in / speaking up rather early on this thread and I welcome replies and feedback from any and all.

I guess the reason I am posting on this thread is because I felt a sense of justice when I read the portion of the article at the top of the thread (I did not go to the OC Register website to finish the article).

I am vaguely familiar with some of the "adventures" (at least those that have been in the news, anyway) of the hacker group that calls themselves "Anonymous". I am a PC user of average skill and knowledge (who can keep up anyway?) and in no way a hacker.

As I looked into the most recent news concerning this group I came across and article about them planning a cyber-attack and/or a protest against San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18679827

So, I guess what prompts me to write this little reply is that I know I have a strong sense of justice and I try to balance it -- on a daily basis -- with a sense of tolerance and fairness. But I would be interested in what makes others condemn this group.

Lawfulness, civil disobedience, public relations: is there as big a "grey area" here as I initially thought? Do you guys have some input as to the worthiness of the chosen cause(s) or issues of this group? Because from what I understand, they are doing more than most citizen watchdog groups could ever do, using the leverage that they have due to their skills, distributed membership, anonymity (mob mentality?), and willingness to break the law.

Hopefully no one will misunderstand my desire for meaningful discussion on this topic as some sort of attempt to defend them. I know very little except they have taken on the Church of Scientology, the government of Egypt, and some corporations whom I could not remember by name nor tell why they were targets.

Thanks in advance for civil discussion and please know that my quest here is not for the purpose of this topic only, but self-improvement and understanding in other areas of my life, too.

7 posted on 08/14/2011 12:21:24 PM PDT by txnuke (Obama votes "PRES__ENT" because he has no ID.)
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To: coloradan
Oh yeah, one more thing.

Stuxnet: I bet the Israeli government was behind it. It was the first virus to affect a "real-time" process (centrifuges in Iran). It entered Iran through the lab software provided by a (Russian?) contractor who helped build and supply the weapon-refinement facilities in Iran. I am pretty sure it set back Iran's efforts toward having nuclear weapons by years. At least I hope so. I don't think even this "Anonymous" group could have done that, and if they did, they probably would have taken credit for it.

I guess I thought I would sweeten the pot / expand the scope and make even ~more~ complicated the questions of ethics, anonymity, hacking for social justice and the role of technology in our worldwide village. LOL

8 posted on 08/14/2011 12:30:20 PM PDT by txnuke (Obama votes "PRES__ENT" because he has no ID.)
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To: txnuke

I feel that anonymous are simply vigilantes. There’s no accountability.


9 posted on 08/14/2011 12:31:15 PM PDT by Winstons Julia (when liberals rant, it's called free speech; when conservatives vent, it's called hate speech.)
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To: Beaten Valve

"If you're gonna shoot, shoot; don't talk".
10 posted on 08/14/2011 12:34:40 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Rick Perry, Democrat Chairman for Al Gore's 1988 Presidential Campaign, TX)
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To: Winstons Julia
I feel that anonymous are simply vigilantes. There’s no accountability.

Ditto many "lawful" organizations, corporations, and government entities: they may or may not portray themselves as accountable, but often are not, IMHO.

I don't mean to be flippant or disrespectful. I really do appreciate your reply. I just thought it was kind dismissive.

Was the civil disobedience of Selma, Alabama comparable? (Boy, there sure are some differences: a cyber-attack is not at all like the passive resistance of not riding in the back of the bus). I guess my question is: under what circumstances or with what restrictions is breaking the law a justifiable means to an end?

11 posted on 08/14/2011 12:40:18 PM PDT by txnuke (Obama votes "PRES__ENT" because he has no ID.)
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To: txnuke
-- Do you guys have some input as to the worthiness of the chosen cause(s) or issues of this group? --

Nope.

And I think the tactic of disrupting the public net also works against their cause.

The people of Fullerton are going to have to decide if, and if so, how, they will deal with the filth that occupies their police department.

12 posted on 08/14/2011 1:00:29 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cboldt
"...I think the tactic of disrupting the public net also works against their cause. The people of Fullerton are going to have to decide if, and if so, how, they will deal with the filth that occupies their police department."

Fair enough. The case is not a "page 2" news story now, if it ever was.

I am glad to find people willing to reply. I am still --well, not floundering -- but not completely firm in my perspective.

13 posted on 08/14/2011 1:28:25 PM PDT by txnuke (Obama votes "PRES__ENT" because he has no ID.)
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To: txnuke

I want the murderers to be hacked...but I use the term with no associations to computers whatsoever.


14 posted on 08/14/2011 1:46:44 PM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: Beaten Valve

Anonymous is creating an account full of pain. Computer keyboards are the wrong tool to use to f*** with the wrong people.


15 posted on 08/14/2011 1:51:04 PM PDT by Ajnin (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnocet!)
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To: tarotsailor
Heh. thanks for your reply.

Added a smile to my day.

Not sure why I care to discuss this particular topic. I am no crusader. In fact, politically rather apathetic. I guess one of the reasons I am apathetic is because I feel powerless. And so this group seems to have some influence on society / events / public relations that the average citizen does not. So it intrigues me that there may come a day when more individuals and/or groups have a greater impact. Although in this case, they seem to be of questionable character, and proceeding at great risk to their personal liberties.

Every criminal thinks they are getting away with something.... most of them think that right up until the moment they get caught.

16 posted on 08/14/2011 4:06:05 PM PDT by txnuke (Obama votes "PRES__ENT" because he has no ID.)
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To: txnuke
The circumstance described in this article is similar to another this week, also in California. A rapper, the Game, incited a telephone flash mob via Twitter, that tied up the emergency phone lines in the city of Compton, CA for a couple of hours. It meant that actual emergency calls could not get through. The police may file criminal charges against the Game.

Sabotaging law enforcement is a bad idea, even in the name of “social justice.” To live in a lawful society means that we aren’t supposed to undermine the system or the people whose job it is to protect us. We have to have faith that the system will achieve justice on behalf of injured or wronged parties, even if the wrongdoers are law enforcement.

What this hacker group intends to do is become the judge, jury and punisher for the apparent bad behavior of the police. It’s not up to them to declare the police department guilty.

“Social justice” is a term that can mean different things to different people and depends on one’s perspective. It is too often used as an excuse for bad or unlawful behavior.

Ditto many "lawful" organizations, corporations, and government entities: they may or may not portray themselves as accountable, but often are not, IMHO.

It’s true that while some of these may not be accountable, there are vehicles and methods in the legal system to address shortcomings. Are you arguing that because other societal entities cross the line and get away with it, we should assume that the police will get away with it, so the hackers are justified in their actions? That’s a poor argument and just allows for any rogue group with an agenda to act on it’s own, regardless of the law.

17 posted on 08/14/2011 5:08:53 PM PDT by floozy22 (The Palin Brand 2012: For Such A Time As This)
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To: floozy22
"Are you arguing that because other societal entities cross the line and get away with it, we should assume that the police will get away with it, so the hackers are justified in their actions?"

Thanks for your thoughtful response. I value the ability (both my own and other's) to express oneself.

I think that you give me too much credit in your question quoted above. I had not thought of that, maybe it was in the back of my mind. My (poor) reasoning was more along the lines of since we tolerate other socially accepted groups with questionable or no accountability, then why not Anonymous? Silly, I know, but --to some degree-- I was looking to be "corrected" by someone with logic.

~Anyway~ no, I have been thinking that a cyber attack (denial of service or shutdown website, shutdown email system, etc) on a law enforcement agency is different from an attack on a corporate or non-profit organization. But not by much. Especially since it is temporary and does not interfere -- at least, not very much -- with the basic functions of law enforcement, and what if a corrupt organization is made better by it?

Argh.

I just can't get past the fact that so many societal ills are accepted as normal and tolerable because they are conducted by the proper "authorities":
* * "rolling brownouts" decided by Public Utilities commission,
* * downsizing or reduction in services of state, county or local govts due to budget cuts,
* * poor EMS / Police response times to 911 calls,
* * polling "irregularities"
* * a legal system which varies due to wealth or lack thereof...

And I have not even BEGUN to touch on the waste, fraud and abuse of the last couple of years.

Aw, crud I could go on and on. I realize that this is more of the same (because this guy does it then its okay if that guy does it ... or the famous "2 wrongs make a right"). And I cannot say that I buy my own arguments (fallacies).

I just wonder in this day and age when so much of the liberal leadership in the US operates on the assumption that the end justifies the means, why fighting fair has to always be the best way to respond?

[signed]
Frustrated.

18 posted on 08/14/2011 5:52:44 PM PDT by txnuke (Obama votes "PRES__ENT" because he has no ID.)
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To: floozy22
That’s a poor argument and just allows for any rogue group with an agenda to act on it’s own, regardless of the law.

This is a good answer to my entire last post. In spirit I agree, but there is a lawlessness about the internet. And it seems we are entering a lawless age in our world. However, I recognize the potent and accurate truth that (even if the "barbarians are at the gate") we must not lower ourselves to their standards, for the rule of law sets us apart from them.

19 posted on 08/14/2011 5:55:14 PM PDT by txnuke (Obama votes "PRES__ENT" because he has no ID.)
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To: Zarro

Haven’t you heard? The FBI is busy investigating the Fullerton Police. Supposedly, that is exactly what the protesters want... oh, that and $5 million bucks.


20 posted on 08/15/2011 1:05:50 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I said it, I meant it and I represent it.)
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To: txnuke
hacking for social justice

Really, is that what you and your comrades at "Anonymous" call it?

You give off the aroma of a "concern troll."

21 posted on 08/15/2011 1:09:39 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (I said it, I meant it and I represent it.)
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To: La Enchiladita
Heh. Check my profile, funny mexican food dish.

Seriously though, and without sarcasm: I see that there is some good stuff in your profile. I especially like the speech you quote on your "About you" page. I like the variety of topics you discuss. Based only on the headlines of each forum topic, I think I probably agree with you on many conservative issues. You are a member since 2005, I since 2008.

Yes, I understand that you might think that I "smelled" like a concern troll. I knew that people might think that right from my first post. And that is why I truthfully stated some things in my first post. I openly discussed my perspective, my status as a non-hacker, my interest in technology and the rule of law, etc. Eventually (as I read and replied entries on that particular thread), I worked out (in public, so to speak) some self-understanding about WHY this topic interests me.

And here is what I came up with: they (the hacker group "Anonymous") are using leverage to pursue political (and Public Relations) agenda(s). Not sure where I got the "hacking for social justice" phrase from, but I think that some of the things I have seen posted on the internet out of Iran, China, and Egypt fall into that broad category. (More like posting video for social justice, not hacking). Anyway I picked it up somewhere. First time I have ever used it.

I was liberal-minded due to my upbringing until a couple of years after high school (graduated in 1981). Once I was not getting high, and started going to college my thinking was a bit clearer! I got an associates degree in math, and got a "A" in my first Computer Science course, but a "C" in my second computer science course, then did not take any more of those!

Then when I became a Christian, got married and had kids, then joined the Navy, becoming a conservative was a natural result. I have a degree in Math and Sociology, mainly because those were the 2 easiest topics for me in which to get an "off-campus" degree while I was in the Navy (from the NY board of regents). Sociology is basically indoctrination into all things liberal, and I knew that even back then, as a "baby" conservative (around 1988?). But it was my minor and I got upper-class credits in it by studying like crazy, taking and "passing" the GRE, then promptly forgetting as much as I could of that BS.

Obviously, like most people, I love to talk (type) about myself.

Also, it may be obvious that I think being called a troll is a bad thing. Heh.

Anyway, in case you did not read between the lines (both in this posting and in my profile with photo of me and my dog), I am a complex person but not a hacker. I am a family man, a "nuke" (working in commercial nuclear power), and a conservative, but not a hacker. You could call me a birther, but I am nowhere near a hacker. I may even (sometimes) be a "dirty old man".... etc etc you get the idea.... [by the way I love Ann Coulter's mind and like her attractive appearance! Are you truly "La Enchiladita", meaning a female? or are you just faking that?]. LOL

I have always been interested in conspiracy theories because I believe that they exist all over the place, given the simplest definition: "a secret between two or more people in order to pursue power or an agenda". So from my postings (again, in my profile, I assume you can see what topics I post on? since I can see yours? if not, tell me and I will change whatever setting to make my profile public) -- you can tell what my interests are. They are varied and lean towards the "conspiracy theory" category. But so far, this is the first on hacking and/or the group "Anonymous".

Besides, if I was in that group, I doubt that "concern troll" postings at FR would be very high on my "TO DO" list.

Fun replying to you though. Hope you take it in the spirit in which it is meant.

22 posted on 08/15/2011 7:03:57 PM PDT by txnuke (Obama votes "PRES__ENT" because he has no ID.)
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