VIDEO: Hackers Attack Police and Government Sites Over Mike Brown Shooting
Twitter suspended an account associated with the hacker group Anonymous today after the account published the name of the person it said was the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.
The St. Louis County Police Department tweeted back to Anonymous that the named individual was not even a law enforcement officer.
The person tweeting under the handle @TheAnonMessage confirmed via email that the account was suspended, “for practicing free speech,” the person wrote. He also said he would immediately begin using a secondary Twitter account, @TheAnonMessage2.
Two different Anonymous operatives also confirmed via email that Anonymous was responsible for the St. Louis County web crash this morning.
St. Louis county government websites have been down since Wednesday.
Ferguson's city website went dark Tuesday morning and the phones died. Anonymous also started releasing information about police officers.