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Hacker Claims Credit for Anti-Semitic Flyer Sent to College Campuses

Update — 8/2/16: ADL has received a num­ber of com­plaints about a new racist and anti-Semitic flyer signed by Weev, an alias used by hacker Andrew Auern­heimer. On Twit­ter today, Auern­heimer claimed to have exploited 50,000 print­ers to print his lat­est flyer. The mes­sage, which starts with two swastikas and the title “samiz.dat,” calls for vio­lence against any­one he does not con­sider white, refer­ring to “hordes of sub­hu­man non­white ani­mals in black, Mus­lim, and Mex­i­can form.” The flyer also calls for “the white com­mu­nity” to stop rely­ing on “meth­ods which are peace­ful and do not scare any­one.” Weev explains, “I unequiv­o­cally sup­port the killing of chil­dren. I believe that our ene­mies need such a level of atroc­ity inflicted upon them…So the hordes of our ene­mies from the blacks to the Jews to the fed­eral agents are deserv­ing of fates of vio­lence so extreme that there is no limit to the acts by which can be done upon them in defense of the white race.” He goes on to call on white peo­ple to not relent in this goal “until far after their daugh­ters are raped in front of them…thee eyes of their sons are gouged out before them…until the cries of their infants are silenced by boots stomp­ing their brains out onto the pavement.”

Col­leges around the coun­try, large and small, pub­lic and pri­vate, con­tinue to receive anti-Semitic fly­ers blam­ing Jews for destroy­ing the coun­try “through mass immi­gra­tion and degen­er­acy” and ask­ing peo­ple to “join us in the strug­gle for global white supremacy.” Hacker Andrew Auern­heimer (also known as Weev) has claimed credit for exploit­ing net­work print­ers at these col­leges to print these flyers.

Andrew Auernheimer in a photo posted on the Daily Stormer in 2014

Andrew Auern­heimer in a photo posted on the Daily Stormer in 2014

Auern­heimer, an unabashed racist and anti-Semite wrote a post­ing on Storify on March 25 about how he used a few lines of code to seek out inse­cure print­ers and then caused those print­ers to auto­mat­i­cally print out the anti-Semitic flyer. Auern­heimer elab­o­rated on his moti­va­tion in his post­ing: “The key to mak­ing impact in the world is not being the smartest or know­ing the most. It’s about oper­at­ing asym­met­ri­cally at scale. Expend the least amount of effort for the most amount of things hap­pen­ing.” Auern­heimer chose his mes­sage because “When you’re print­ing on the scale of tens or hun­dreds of thou­sands of print­ers, every increase in com­plex­ity makes more print­ers reject the mes­sage.” He added, “With scale you should pre­fer ele­gance over com­plex­ity, and what could pos­si­bly be more ele­gant than the inher­ent beauty of the swastika?”

Because Auernheimer’s code is rel­a­tively sim­ple and he posted it online, it seems likely that oth­ers will repro­duce what Auern­heimer describes as his “brief exper­i­ment.” He wrote on Twit­ter that “the copy­cats are already here,” not­ing another round of hate­ful fly­ers were printed at UMass– Amherst.

In a March 27 inter­view with Moth­er­board, Auern­heimer defended his actions, stat­ing “I did not hack any print­ers. I sent them mes­sages because they were con­fig­ured to receive mes­sages from the public.”

Anti-Semitic flyer sent to a number of college campus printers

Anti-Semitic flyer sent to a num­ber of col­lege cam­pus printers

Auern­heimer was sen­tenced to 3.5 years in prison in March 2013, report­edly charged with fed­eral crimes for obtain­ing the per­sonal data of more than 100,000 iPad own­ers from AT&T’s pub­licly acces­si­ble web­site.  In April 2014, accord­ing to Arstech­nica, an appeals court reversed Auernheimer’s con­vic­tion and sen­tence because he was “charged in the wrong fed­eral court.”

A sec­ond flyer that attacked the LGBT com­mu­nity appeared on print­ers at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts and UCLA over the week­end of March 26. The flyer, which used homo­pho­bic and racist slurs, indi­cated that the mes­sage “has been brought to you by the Gay Ni– –er Asso­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica [GNAA].” GNAA is a loosely affil­i­ated group of Inter­net trolls who have hacked var­i­ous web­sites.  Though it is unclear if Auern­heimer sent this flyer as well, that is the name of a group that Auern­heimer was asso­ci­ated with when he was involved in hack­ing the AT&T web­site, expos­ing the names of thou­sands of iPad users.

Mr. Auernheimer’s anti-Semitism dates back to at least 2009, when he cre­ated sev­eral videos that con­tained anti-Semitic ram­blings and com­ments.  At the time, mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity in Port­land, Ore­gon, con­tacted the ADL with con­cern about Auern­heimer, as threat­en­ing calls were made to an area syn­a­gogue at the same time that Auern­heimer released a video in which he said he was going to Port­land. Law enforce­ment believed that Mr. Auern­heimer might have been the indi­vid­ual who made the calls.  A secu­rity aware­ness alert for Jew­ish insti­tu­tions was cir­cu­lated in the Port­land area.

The FBI located Auern­heimer at a hotel in the San Fran­cisco area and warned him not to go near Jew­ish con­gre­ga­tions or agen­cies. Auern­heimer allegedly told the FBI that he was dis­gusted by Jew­ish teach­ings but not Jews. He later spec­u­lated that some sort of impor­tant “kike event” must have been going on in Port­land.  He was never charged with any crimes related to the inci­dent, nor was it deter­mined that he actu­ally had made the threat­en­ing calls.

Auern­heimer, who describes him­self as a “white nation­al­ist hack­tivist,”  does not try to hide his racism and anti-Semitism. In an Octo­ber 2014 piece on The Daily Dot, he is quoted describ­ing him­self as “a long-time critic of Judaism, black cul­ture, immi­gra­tion to West­ern nations, and the media’s con­stant stream of anti-white pro­pa­ganda.” Accord­ing to the arti­cle, he has a “giant swastika tat­too,” and wants the peo­ple who sup­port him as “some­thing of a folk hero” who beat “a con­tro­ver­sial hack­ing con­vic­tion” to know that he is not just a “troll,” but is “incon­tro­vert­ibly racist.”

In Octo­ber 2014, on the white suprema­cist site the Daily Stormer (ref­er­enced on the flyer) Auern­heimer ranted about “the Jews,” whom he says built “an empire of wicked­ness the likes the world has never seen.” He wrote, “They took con­trol of our sys­tems of finance and law. They hyper­in­flated our cur­rency. They cor­rupted our daugh­ters and demanded they sub­ject them­selves to sex work to feed their fam­i­lies. These are a peo­ple that have made them­selves a prob­lem in every nation they occupy, includ­ing ours.”