A self-proclaimed member of Anonymous turned his malice on St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay this week to express solidarity with the city’s branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Slay had told protesters last week that they couldn’t camp out overnight anymore, and was in talks with them to change their tactics, Reuters explains. The hacker broker into Slay’s website and left a message reading, “YOU CAN REMOVE THE MOVEMENT FROM THE CITY, BUT YOU CANNOT REMOVE THE MOVEMENT FROM YOUR SYSTEMS!”
In addition, the hacker dumped contact information for hundreds of Slay’s supporters and contributors, along with more than 2,000 emails Slay has sent since 2001, on a site called pastebin.com. The OccupySTL site was hacked last week as well with its forum wiped clean, and protesters had discussed using hacking as a strategic tool. But they say they had nothing to do with this attack on Slay. “Anonymous works by itself,” one protester said.