Anonymous declares war against Gov. Snyder; cyberattacks confirmed

Anonymous hactivists have waged a campaign against Gov. Rick Snyder and other officials who ignored the Flint water crisis, pledging that “every wrongdoing will be rectified.”

In a video announcing the campaign, a disguised voice pledges to seek retribution for the thousands of people who have been poisoned by elevated levels of lead in the drinking water.

“The crimes committed by Gov. Snyder as well as other city officials will not go unpunished,” says the voice on the video, which was posted Wednesday.

“We do not forgive; we do not forget. The people responsible for this crisis will be held accountable.”

This past weekend, Michigan.gov was targeted in a cyberattack that briefly shut down the site, state officials told Motor City Muckraker on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, officials confirmed a cyberattack disrupted the website of Hurley Medical Center in Flint, which has been accused of turning away lead victims.

It’s unclear whether Anonymous was behind either attack.

IntelGroup, which identifies itself as a faction of Anonymous, is calling the action “the #OpFlint campaign.”

Calling Snyder a “murderer,” IntelGroup pledged the governor “is going to be shown the error of his evil ways.”

The video does not indicate how hactivists plan to target Snyder and other officials who now are acknowledging they seriously bungled the crisis.

Anonymous also targeted ISIS after the Paris terrorist attacks.

Snyder released e-mails related to the Flint water crisis from 2014 and 2015. Here are five disturbing findings from the e-mails. But Snyder has declined to release e-mails from 2013, which would reveal the lead-up to the water crisis.

Snyder’s office refused to say Thursday why the e-mails weren’t released, despite pledges to become more transparent.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

  • FrankieB
  • Reed Sandra

    There are currently 100 or so water crisis in the US . Either from facing or from chemical spills or other ills brought on by rich people and corporations. When JEB left office as governor of Florida, he granted permission for Nestle/Ready Fresh to pump water from two or our pristine springs. Crystal Springs and Hamilton Springs. He also purchased 2000 acres in Central America that sits atop the largest fresh water aqufir on the continent. The sole mission of the rich is to shut down government control of everything that helps the poor. They are trying to make drinking water a completely privatized commodity. Nestle/Ready Fresh also continues to pump billions of gallons from California, through one of the worst droughts in the history of tracking these events. This is a Nation Wide Crisis, nit just in Flint. We all need to stand up to our politicians and get this fixed for everyone. Prayers for the Children who thus has so adversely affecred. Snyder needs to go to jail along with every other peoson who knew. I hope Annonymous can get the emails from 2013 that he refuses to turn over. This was criminal from the beginning. It was switched to cut budget shortfalls because of tax cuts given to the rich.

  • dreamweaverdory

    less about the water crisis, glad anonymous is tweeking the gov, , but how are they doing on disrupting ISIS?

  • DownriverDem

    Many folks not from Michigan do not understand the governor appointed Emergency Manager’s power. They need to know that the EM ran the city taking elected power away from Flint City officials. Synder needs to take responsibility for this mess.

  • DownriverDem

    Many folks not from Michigan do not understand the governor appointed Emergency Manager’s power. They need to know that the EM ran the city taking elected power away from Flint City officials. Synder needs to take responsibility for this mess.

  • Chuck Ham
  • Chuck Ham
  • Klann Killa

    I hope this crew is as good as they say they are. This is much needed. Give em HELL ?

  • Klann Killa

    I hope this crew is as good as they say they are. This is much needed. Give em HELL ?

  • moose2271

    Unless for some reason, the medical center does not have the staff to deal with lead poisoning or they were at capacity, evidence needs to be presented of them turning away patients. If this did happen, then they are in violation of federal law. I would submit by viewing a couple of the emails, the DEQ was telling the governor what was going on. The director and public relations people already resigned because of their involvement. I would say to Anonymous, hacking these websites may have unintended consequences. A lot of citizens depend upon them for help who had nothing to do with the current water crisis. The medical center especially.

    • Klann Killa

      Good point.

    • Klann Killa

      Good point.

  • Frank Rossman

    The Governor Snyder plan for Flint: 1. Evacuate Flint 2. Raze Flint 3. Complete KWA pipeline to ensure fresh water for Executive class who will move into….4. New Pulte community built on the ash and bone of Old Flint. Prices starting in the $350,000. Move in as early as Spring 2017

  • Frank Rossman

    Here is my attempt at a ballad in remembrance of the Lead Poisoning of Flint. I hope it inspires some real musicians to create a song that will be played by Michigan radio stations every year to remember what happened in Flint. Just like we remember the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald every year. Lead Poisoning of Flint: Pure Michigan. Never Forget.

    https://youtu.be/WTSG_Kcd_uA

  • Frank Rossman

    Another thing folks can do in Flint, Burton, Genesee County, and all of Michigan and the US of A, is REGISTER TO VOTE, and then cast your vote. I would like to see all private water distribution centers and direct water delivery folks asking if folk are registered to vote and providing voter registration forms directly to the affected people. People say they would do anything to protect their children, that includes voting and being aware of crucial public issues. I would challenge the Mayor of Flint, the Faith Leaders of Flint, the Cultural Leaders of Flint to get every eligible voter registered to show Flint is a vibrant, active city with engaged citizens. This will be the story the media will propagate, this will be the story that keeps attention on Flint in the long bottled water months to come. Flint is where the revolution will begin, and that revolution if called Democracy. The greatest lie that the Koch brothers want you to believe is that you vote does not count.

    https://youtu.be/d2-7Jk5iaa8

  • Frank Rossman

    Another thing folks can do in Flint, Burton, Genesee County, and all of Michigan and the US of A, is REGISTER TO VOTE, and then cast your vote. I would like to see all private water distribution centers and direct water delivery folks asking if folk are registered to vote and providing voter registration forms directly to the affected people. People say they would do anything to protect their children, that includes voting and being aware of crucial public issues. I would challenge the Mayor of Flint, the Faith Leaders of Flint, the Cultural Leaders of Flint to get every eligible voter registered to show Flint is a vibrant, active city with engaged citizens. This will be the story the media will propagate, this will be the story that keeps attention on Flint in the long bottled water months to come. Flint is where the revolution will begin, and that revolution if called Democracy. The greatest lie that the Koch brothers want you to believe is that you vote does not count.

    https://youtu.be/d2-7Jk5iaa8

    • Two Americas

      The emergency manager law in Michigan has taken control of the city away from the voters.

      • disqus_GKwzrLoNB5

        governor Lucifer Rick Snyder appointed Darnell Earley to the Detroit School District he is the one along with snyder who was the Emergency Manager appointed by gov Lulcifer rick snyder who caused the collapse of Flint of which 10 people are now dead and everyone elses life in Flint ruined by drinking the filthy brown water and bathing in it and cooking in it. Since the state took over the Detroit School District with the Emergency manager there is a $515M Deficit. When the Detroit School District was under the School System’s control they had a surplus of $100M +. What is governor snyder doing with the money that is supposed to be going for the Detroit Schools. Those poor, poor teachers and children who attend those schools with mold, rats in the hallways. mushrooms growing in the walls, overcrowded classrooms (some kids have to sit on registers and other just stand). Teachers pay is being cut, along with their healthcare insurance. What is going on since Governor Lucifer Rich Snyder has taken over the schools and appointed the stupid Emergency Manager who is now, along with Lucifer snyder responsible for the deaths of at least 10 people in Flint, and ruining the lives of the rest of the people in Flint for as long as they live. Animals have been dying off rapidly in Flint. Those poor, poor, poor people in Flint. Send Snyder and that reckless greedy fool Darnell Earley to JAIL immediately and sue the crap out of him for every single penny he has. Make him give up those emails from 2013 and stop blacking out anything in them so no one can read how corrupt he truly is. It makes me laugh how he pretending to care during an interview. All the time he is trying to still take our right away. He signed off on a Bill that would not allow us to vote the straight party ticket because he knows that Democrats vote the straight party ticket. He said he was doing it for our own good so we can see all the candidates one at a time. How dumb does that corrupt greedy fool think we are. The republicans cannot get votes of the people because they have made so many deals with the devil and they are even more evil than the devil so they have to think up ways to cheat and get votes. Those loser A-hole cheating fools.

        • Two Americas

          It is horrific.

        • Two Americas

          It is horrific.

        • javierjuanmanuel

          You are a moron, chart the decline of the school finances. Its a rapid down slope since long before the emergency manager.

          There is no way the would be taken over with 100 mill surplus. It would be impossible.

          • Drew Prosch-Jensen

            Before you start calling people morons, you should probably educate yourself. When Gov. Engle appointed the first EM, DPS did indeed have a surplus of more than $100 mil. Wiki, as usual, puts it in easily understandable terms.
            I’m on my phone so I can’t copy/paste the link, but if memory serves, the title is “Emergency Managers in Michigan”.

      • disqus_GKwzrLoNB5

        governor Lucifer Rick Snyder appointed Darnell Earley to the Detroit School District he is the one along with snyder who was the Emergency Manager appointed by gov Lulcifer rick snyder who caused the collapse of Flint of which 10 people are now dead and everyone elses life in Flint ruined by drinking the filthy brown water and bathing in it and cooking in it. Since the state took over the Detroit School District with the Emergency manager there is a $515M Deficit. When the Detroit School District was under the School System’s control they had a surplus of $100M +. What is governor snyder doing with the money that is supposed to be going for the Detroit Schools. Those poor, poor teachers and children who attend those schools with mold, rats in the hallways. mushrooms growing in the walls, overcrowded classrooms (some kids have to sit on registers and other just stand). Teachers pay is being cut, along with their healthcare insurance. What is going on since Governor Lucifer Rich Snyder has taken over the schools and appointed the stupid Emergency Manager who is now, along with Lucifer snyder responsible for the deaths of at least 10 people in Flint, and ruining the lives of the rest of the people in Flint for as long as they live. Animals have been dying off rapidly in Flint. Those poor, poor, poor people in Flint. Send Snyder and that reckless greedy fool Darnell Earley to JAIL immediately and sue the crap out of him for every single penny he has. Make him give up those emails from 2013 and stop blacking out anything in them so no one can read how corrupt he truly is. It makes me laugh how he pretending to care during an interview. All the time he is trying to still take our right away. He signed off on a Bill that would not allow us to vote the straight party ticket because he knows that Democrats vote the straight party ticket. He said he was doing it for our own good so we can see all the candidates one at a time. How dumb does that corrupt greedy fool think we are. The republicans cannot get votes of the people because they have made so many deals with the devil and they are even more evil than the devil so they have to think up ways to cheat and get votes. Those loser A-hole cheating fools.

    • FrankieB

      Yeah, keep voting for black Democrats…they are financial geniuses !! We need more John and Monica Conyers in office.

      • Drew Prosch-Jensen

        So Frankie…The only thing worse than a Democrat is a BLACK Democrat, huh?
        Got it…

        • FrankieB

          NO, uninformed politicians who have no understanding of how business or the economy or financial markets work are the worst. Regardless of skin color.

          If you think Detroit and Flint have been well-run, keep doing what you are doing. Just don’t expect people like me to bail you out.

  • Alan Goldsmith

    The people being turned away issue isn’t being reported on ANY local media stories about the hacking of the Hurley IT network. Here we go again…Maybe the national media will pick up on that for us…

  • Alan Goldsmith

    “Also on Thursday, officials confirmed a cyberattack disrupted the website of Hurley Medical Center in Flint, which has been accused of turning away lead victims.”
    I haven’t read 100% off all the articles but…wtf???
    Can you direct me to a story documenting people being turned away from the Medical Center when seeking treatment for the lead issue?

    • muckraker_steve

      Hi Alan. I found this out while writing the story because I couldn’t understand why Hurley was targeted. I talked to several people who told me they knew of people who were turned away at the hospital, despite having lead poisoning. I plan to pursue this more.

      • Trexinmichigan

        The doctor who ratted out the lead poisoning works there. I find it very strange. I’m thinking it was/is rumor.

  • bebow

    “It is a reminder of why you can’t shortchange basic services that we provide to people.”
    President Obama

    There might be an important message in there for New Detroit.

    • javierjuanmanuel

      Its easy to say, its hard to pull off when the attitude is make that other guy pay for it.

      I have heard a hundred people suggest this would never happen in birmingham or BFH.

      Well of course not, they have great bond ratings, and everyone pays their taxes. No one else pays their bills for them.

      Its not for a magic reason, or they are liked better, its money.

      It is possible to skirt your responsibility so much, you basically poison your own kids.

      • bebow

        When did half of Detroit’s property owners stop paying taxes, JJ?

        • Suzanne Scoville

          Not to mention the fact that half of Detroit property owners who don’t pay their taxes don’t actually live in Detroit and don’t have to endure the crappy city services as a result! Richest guy in Grosse Pointe owned a good chunk of my street, and he stopped paying taxes on all of it and let it go to blight.

          • javierjuanmanuel

            Thats a moot point if there is demand. If there is demand. That never happens, if he loses it, then people tear down and build new.

            Again, lets compare to Birmingham, or gp, bfh, or troy, macomb, and a dozen other towns. If this happened, the land would go to auction and someone would flip the house, move in, or build a new house.

            Do you think he bought homes hoping he cant rent them or sell them ?

        • javierjuanmanuel

          Definetly by 2012 it was reported only half were paying. It is certainly worse now. Not sure they reported 2013 yet.

      • bebow

        When did half of Detroit’s property owners stop paying taxes, JJ?

      • banmar

        Javier, public entities do not have the right to poison their citizen constituents because bills are paid late or are not paid at all. Many public utilities in states all over the country have been sold or leased to private companies, who, since they’re publicly traded, can better cope with late payers or non payers, since they can budget more funds for payment plans and write offs. Private utility companies report significantly late payments and no-pays to the credit reporting agencies and hire collection agencies to collect the maximum monies possible. They also generate more cash that can be reinvested in updated infrastructure.

        Selling off a public utility is not pleasant, but in cases like Flint, instead of waiting for thie joint water authority to get their infrastructure built, it may be a wiser move to start shopping around the Flint water system to a lessee or buyer and let them work with the EPA using the emergency funding to fix this mess. I doubt it will ever happen, though, because both the Flint City Council and the governor would lose all those patronage jobs.

      • banmar

        Javier, public entities do not have the right to poison their citizen constituents because bills are paid late or are not paid at all. Many public utilities in states all over the country have been sold or leased to private companies, who, since they’re publicly traded, can better cope with late payers or non payers, since they can budget more funds for payment plans and write offs. Private utility companies report significantly late payments and no-pays to the credit reporting agencies and hire collection agencies to collect the maximum monies possible. They also generate more cash that can be reinvested in updated infrastructure.

        Selling off a public utility is not pleasant, but in cases like Flint, instead of waiting for thie joint water authority to get their infrastructure built, it may be a wiser move to start shopping around the Flint water system to a lessee or buyer and let them work with the EPA using the emergency funding to fix this mess. I doubt it will ever happen, though, because both the Flint City Council and the governor would lose all those patronage jobs.