Feeds

Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

U-turn on vow to identify killer cop after fingering wrong bloke

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Anonymous has called off efforts to name and shame the cop who shot unarmed teen Michael Brown dead in Ferguson, Missouri – after the hacktivists identified a bloke whom the police say has never worked as a beat officer.

On Thursday the group released the name and pictures from Facebook of a man they accused of shooting 18-year-old Brown, but the police say the hackers fingered the wrong man.

Brown's death last Saturday sparked four days of demonstrations in the city; the protest was broken up on Wednesday night by a highly militarized police force. Soon after the shooting, Anonymous wrongly claimed that a man named Bryan Willman is responsible for the teen's death.

That allegation prompted the St Louis County Police Department to issue the following tweet:

Willman's stepmother told USA Today that Willman had never been a serving officer and instead works as a police dispatcher. She said she is now in fear for her life after her address appeared online.

"I guess I'm going to have to sleep with my gun and put cameras on the house," she said. "Now I have to defend myself and I didn't do anything wrong."

The Anons' disclosure led Twitter to suspend the @TheAnonMessage account the group were using, although they have set up an alternative account @TheAnonMessage2, on which they posted a message that all doxing will stop for the moment.

The group hasn't shut up shop completely, however. Following a press statement threatening a hacking attack, the group released what they claim is the radio logs of the St Louis police department at the time of Brown's death, and say they also have video of his body being loaded into a police van.

Ferguson police are refusing to release the name of the police officer involved in Brown's shooting, or the autopsy report into his death. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for
It's on by default – didn't you read the small print?
Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch
Redmond makes a hash of hashing add-on
'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail
15 months home detention leaves egg on feds' faces as they grab for more power
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.