26/03/16 UPDATE: Investigations have been launched after numerous American Universities, including DePaul University in Chicago and University of Massachusetts Amherst, were attacked by hackers who sent anti-semitic flyers to multiple printers on campus.
Although it has not yet been established if the incidents are linked, they happened within hours of each other. Both named universities have been quick to condemn the action. The flyers are said to white supremacist with anti-Semitic messages.
Universities have suggested that they believe the flyers were transmitted to the printers from an off-campus location and that the source of the hack were not university accounts.
The fliers read, “White man … are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneracy? Join us in the struggle for global white supremacy at The Daily Stormer,” in bold, black font. A pair of large swastikas, as well as the web address, are displayed on the printouts as well.
In a statement, DePaul University President Dennis Holtschneider said:
“We are currently investigating the breach as well as the source and origin of this despicable act, which certainly is not reflective of DePaul’s values nor of our campus culture where all are welcome.”
The UMass printout included a web address for an organisation classified as a hate group, their Chancellor, Kumble Subbaswamy, said in an email to the UMass community. University officials have not named the organisation.
“As a campus community, we condemn this cowardly and hateful act,” Subbaswamy said in the email. “This despicable incident reminds us that we must not be complacent as we continue to strive for a society that embraces diversity, inclusion and equity – a society where everyone feels safe and welcome.”
In the latest twist Andrew Auernheimer, better known by the alias “weev,” told The Washington Times he was behind the breach, using a freely available tool to scour “basically … the whole English-speaking Internet” for vulnerable devices that could be remotely accessed.
He claims to have within minutes identified roughly 29,000 printers that were connected to the Internet and could be exploited through an open port, then automated a procedure that asked each vulnerable machine to print the Daily Stormer ad.
“This isn’t a security issue,” Mr. Auernheimer told The Times. “I am communicating a political message solely by transmitting something incendiary. All the devices in the chain are acting in the exact manner of their designers.
“People are now calling the cops and crying hacking and hate crimes as a response,” he said. “This flies in the face of our traditions of free speech and the marketplace of ideas. I have the right to send you a message you dislike in an envelope. It’s your right to decide how to process that message, which may include throwing it in the trash.”