But anonymous hackers have overtaken the web.
Anonymous has been around for almost a decade. It’s even hard to call it a group – insiders who have spoken publicly about the organization describe it more in terms of each individual mission.
“It’s an anarchist collective of self-sufficient individuals,” wrote a hacker who responded to an email from the Post-Dispatch. “Most of us are friends and work together, but we are not responsible for everything anyone else does in the global collective.”
The team member, who declined to be identified but said he was out of the country, said Ferguson’s main operation is run by around half a dozen anonymous agents, invited by St. Louis activists, along with thousands of “Anon” from about 75 different countries “join in to help.”
And in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, at least one of those hackers started following standard Anonymous protocol: he started scouring the Internet for personal documents pertaining to Chief Belmar – “doxxing” – the man who ‘Anonymous considered keeping the name of the shooter a secret.
Just after midnight, someone posting as @TheAnonMessage linked to a webpage listing Belmar’s address, phone number, and the names of his wife and children.
At 12:36 am, TheAnonMessage posted a photo of Belmar’s house; at 12:41, his telephone number and address, and at 12:46, another letter: “… you said our threats were in vain. See, it drives us crazy.