Anonymous Launches Campaign Against Michigan Governor for Poison Water Crisis
As Michigan governor Rick Synder continues to face criticism for his handling of the polluted water crisis griping the city of Flint, the hactivist group Anonymous announced that they are preparing to launch a campaign against him.
Many have been calling for Synder’s resignation ever since it came to light that he switched the city’s water supply to a polluted river in a cost-cutting maneuver, which ended up contaminating the entire city’s supply with toxic levels of lead. IntelGroup, a faction of Anonymous, released a video yesterday that blasted Synder’s administration, and promised they would start a cyber campaign to round up enough evidence to force him to stand trial for manslaughter.
“The crimes committed by Gov. Snyder as well as other city officials will not go unpunished,” an Anonymous spokesman states. “We encourage the city of Flint to be vocal and demand that Governor Snyder face criminal charges, Anonymous will stand beside you.”
Detroit Free Press noted that the video came one day after reports indicated that the webistes of the state governor and the Hurley Medical Center were knocked out recently from a denial of service attack. It is currently unknown whether Anonymous was responsible for this attack, and while their video did not say whether that was part of their plan, it did include plenty of damning information about how much damage has been done to the public health.
Officials on various levels of the government have responded to the crisis with finger-pointing and apologies to the public. Synder has released his emails discussing the pipeline switch and the state Department of Environmental Quality admitted that they didn’t require anti-corrosion chemicals to be added when it began. EPA Administrator Susan Hedman has already resigned over the crisis.
Watch the hacktivist’s message in the video above, via AnonIntelGroup.
[h/t The Hill]
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