The hacker collective Anonymous has posted personal data, including the home address and phone number, of University of California, Davis, police Lt. John Pike, who was suspended for Friday's pepper spraying of students.
The hacker group posted a video both on its own Web site and YouTube Tuesday, urging its followers to: Flood his home with pizza deliveries and junk mail. ... Flood his Skype. ... Flood his phones, e-mail and mailbox to voice your anger.
Anonymous also threatened to release the personal information of any other police officer who engages in brutalization of protesters or other illegal actions, reported The Washington Times.
According to university spokesman Andy Fell, the posting of anyone's personal data is completely inappropriate. Although Fell refused to confirm the identity of either suspended officer, a blog in The Washington Post said Anonymous issued its latest threat to Pike, who was captured on film pepper-spraying a group of demonstrating students sitting passively on the ground.
It is time you took a dose of your own medicine and stopped hiding behind your badge, the computer-generated voice on the 10-minute video said. The hacker group also told Pike to expect our wrath and threatened to make him squeal.
The pictures and videos of the pepper-spraying incident went viral over the weekend, raising worldwide anger. On Monday, UC Davis authorities apologized and announced that the university police chief and two officers had been placed on administrative leave.
This is not the first time that Anonymous has targeted law enforcement officers and published confidential information online, something that hackers used to call doxing. In September, Anonymous posted the home address and phone number of New York City police inspector Anthony Bologna, who was caught on tape pepper-spraying Occupy Wall Street protesters.
In June, the group also posted the personal information of several Arizona police officers, protesting against the state's new law against illegal immigrants.