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March 28, 2016

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.”

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March 25, 2016

Anti-Semitic Flyer from Neo-Nazi Site Daily Stormer Hits Campuses

Update — 3/28/16: Hacker Andrew Auern­heimer has claimed credit for exploit­ing net­work print­ers at these col­leges to print these flyers. More information available here.

On Thursday, March 24, a number of campuses around the country received an anti-Semitic flyer that blamed Jews for destroying the country “through mass immigration and degeneracy.” The flyer asks people to “join us in the struggle for global white supremacy.” While it’s unclear who actually sent the flyers to network printers and fax machines at the schools, it contained the address of The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. The distribution may be the result of a hacking effort.

The Daily Stormer openly embraces Hitler and National Socialism. Every day, the site posts virulently racist and anti-Semitic articles. Using crude language, the site disparages minorities and blames Jews for a number of societal ills. The site was created by Andrew Anglin, a 31-year-old neo-Nazi, in 2013. Anglin said that he started the site “to serve as a hardcore front for the conversion of masses of people into a pro-White, Antisemitic ideology.”

Anti-Semitic flyer distributed at campuses

Anti-Semitic flyer distributed at campuses

Anglin, based in Ohio, first got involved in the 9/11 “Truther Movement”, which promotes conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He created a site called “Total Fascism” in 2012 before focusing on the Daily Stormer. Anglin has declared that Jews are the “open and public destroyers of society” and that Jews are the enemy of the white race. In addition to demonizing Jews, Anglin is an ardent Holocaust denier, referring to the Holocaust as a “hoax.”

Anglin has been known to urge supporters to troll perceived enemies on Twitter. In November 2014, Anglin promoted a Twitter campaign to bombard Luciana Berger, a British Member of Parliament, with an anti-Semitic misogynist tweet. Anglin started his campaign against Berger after a British anti-Semite was arrested for sending her anti-Semitic messages through Twitter.

Regardless of whether Anglin or one of his supporters sent the flyer to campuses, the Daily Stormer promotes virulent anti-Semitism on a daily basis and attracts thousands of visitors each day to the site.

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August 31, 2015

Virginia Shootings Spur White Supremacist Vitriol

Within hours of the deadly August 26 on-air shooting of television reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward in Roanoke, Virginia, the on-line white supremacist world erupted in hateful rhetoric and discussions of violence.vamurderscomment

The shooter, Vester Flanagan (also known as Bryce Williams), was someone whom white supremacists could easily exploit to generate anger. His victims were white; Flanagan was a black, gay man with a history of filing discrimination complaints against former employers, including the television station where the slain journalists worked.

Flanagan killed himself as police caught up to him, but not before he faxed to ABC News a lengthy suicide note/manifesto, detailing a litany of grievances and perceived mistreatment because of his race and sexual orientation. Moreover, in his note he directly referenced the June 2015 Charleston shootings, in which white supremacist Dylann Storm Roof killed nine African-American churchgoers. Flanagan tried to explain his murders—seemingly committed for personal reasons—as a retaliation for Roof’s own killings. Referring to Roof’s hope that a race war would result from his shootings, Flanagan wrote “You want a race war…THEN BRING IT.”

Reactions from the racist right were swift and involved well-worn anti-black and anti-Semitic tropes. Among them: that black people shouldn’t be allowed to own guns, because they have “no impulse control,” and that the victims, as members of the “Jewish media,” deserved to die. And above all, an echo of Roof’s call for race war: The hope that the shootings would spark a “revolution” of whites rising up against their ostensible oppressors (blacks and Jews) and striking back.

The New Order, a small Wisconsin-based neo-Nazi group, presented a typical anti-black response, issuing a statement headlined “White Lives Matter” that described the shootings as a crime committed by “a deranged anti-White Negro” and claimed that “The murder, rape and assault of White people by racist Black criminals is a daily event in the United States.”

Anti-Semitism shaped the responses of many white supremacists. On Stormfront, the large white supremacist discussion forum, poster RedBaron claimed that reporter Parker “was part of the Jew controlled media. The propaganda she helped to put on the air came back to haunt her (to death).” The “Jewish plot” trope was repeated by another Stormfronter: “I don’t think the Jew power structure wants a fully awake white public right now. They’ve been doing everything to drug us into a stupor as they incite blacks to murder us.”

At the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, poster GuiMaster also had little sympathy for Parker: “But how do we know that this woman was ‘noble?’ She was working for the anti-White media. How aware was she that her job involves spreading communist anti-White hate propaganda?” On Facebook, another white supremacist labeled Parker’s father, who had appeared on Fox News to plead for more gun control measures, a “Zio-Marxist” pushing a “Jewish” agenda.

For many white supremacists, though, it was Flanagan’s reference to “race war” that most exercised them. For them, the sole bright spot in the killings was that they might speed the start of an anticipated racial conflict. At the Daily Stormer, for example, one commenter wrote: “When the ‘race war’ comes, it’s gonna be us killing them in short order.”

On Stormfront, longtime Arkansas white supremacist Billy Roper hoped the killings would “awaken more of our people to see it as the reprisal act it was in a war which is just beginning, in fits and starts, as they so often do.” Meanwhile, on the Facebook page of “American White History Month,” Jon Winslow wrote: “White people! Start rioting now!”

Others seemed interested in actions more serious that rioting. Stormfront poster 14words_of_truth wrote: “People keep asking me ‘when is the race war going to start?’ It started a long time ago; it is not going to start, it is going to change. The change will be that the White Man will start fighting back.”

To which Stormfront editor JackBoot replied, “Well said. So far we can’t escalate from the war of words on our side, and that escalation is long past due. They’ve been spilling our blood for years, and I’m not talking only about the Jews’ proxies. We got a lotta catch-up to play.”

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