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FBI Traces Racist Threat to Panera Bread WiFi for Arrest

John Edgar Rust allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University

(Newser) - The FBI has arrested a white man in his mid-20s who allegedly threatened to kill black students at Howard University two years ago, and the investigation involved a nifty bit of internet sleuthing. Agents first traced the threat posted on Reddit and 4chan to the wireless internet at a Panera... More »

4Chan Is in Big Financial Trouble

The 'Internet Hate Machine' is having trouble keeping the lights on

(Newser) - One year after 4Chan founder Christopher "moot" Poole sold the website he had run since he was a teen , the new management is realizing it may not be so easy to run one of the Internet's most infamous communities. New owner Hiroyuki Nishimura posted a note on 4chan... More »

FBI Warns of Threat to Philly Universities

There may be a link to the Oregon shooting

(Newser) - Monday could be a jittery day at universities in the Philadelphia area. The University of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Temple University have warned students and faculty of a threat of violence at 2pm Eastern at an "unspecified university near Philadelphia," USA Today reports. The universities say they were... More »

4Chan User May Have Chopped Off Toe for Site

Anonymous poster apparently decided to honor request

(Newser) - One of the day's strangest, and most gruesome, tales comes courtesy of Mike Pearl at Vice , who recounts how a 4chan user apparently cut off a significant part of one of his toes at the request of another user. Posts at 4chan, often on the dark side, don't... More »

Images Posted Online After Murder

Police think killer was on 4chan after slaying

(Newser) - Police in Washington state are investigating the murder of a woman with a cruel twist—her killer is believed to have posted photos of her body on the online forum 4chan, reports NBC News . Police say the body of 30-year-old Amber Lynn Coplin was found yesterday in her Port Orchard... More »

Surprise! You Cannot Charge iPhone in Microwave

And if you tried, 4Chan is having a little chuckle at your expense

(Newser) - We're going to say what should be unnecessary: You cannot charge your iPhone in the microwave. Or, as victims of the latest scam from the darlings at 4Chan have found, you can try, but the results won't be much better than sticking it in your pocket and sitting... More »

EmmaYouAreNext.com: What It Was Really About

Emma Watson nude photo 'threats' actually a hoax

(Newser) - If you heard that Emma Watson might be the next celebrity to have nude photos leaked to the public, well, you heard wrong. EmmaYouAreNext.com , the website threatening to release naked pictures to retaliate against Watson for her recent pro-feminism speech , is actually run by Rantic Marketing—and it was... More »

School for Deaf Wins Taylor Swift Concert, Disqualified

But it gets a bunch of other prizes instead

(Newser) - Thanks to an Internet prank dreamed up by 4chan and Reddit , Massachusetts' Horace Mann School for the Deaf actually did win the contest for a Taylor Swift concert on campus. The bad news: The school was disqualified because of the way it received all the votes. The good news: Since... More »

4chan Sending Taylor Swift to Sing ... at School for Deaf

Apparently Internet mischief-makers are not huge fans

(Newser) - The Internet pranksters at 4chan and Reddit really want to see Taylor Swift perform on a particular school campus—but no, this is not a ringing endorsement of the pop star. Users are attempting to sabotage an online vote, the " Taylor Swift On Campus " contest, in order to... More »

4Chan Busts Burger King Worker Standing in Lettuce

He posts gross photo, and the Internet quickly gets even

(Newser) - Chalk one up for 4Chan: A Burger King employee posted a photo of himself on the forum standing in trays of lettuce with the caption, "This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King." Yeah, 4Chan users didn't think it was all that funny, either. Within 15... More »

White Supremacist Boasts He Hacked Trayvon's Email

He posts Facebook messages on 4chan

(Newser) - How low can you go? A white supremacist claims to have hacked into Trayvon Martin's email and social networking accounts, reports Gawker , which has verified that at least one of the slain teenager's email accounts was indeed broken into. The racist, who calls himself Klankannon, posted what he... More »

4Chan's Moot: We're Not All 'Young Rambunctious Males'

'Moot' also says Zuckerberg 'totally wrong' about anonymity

(Newser) - 4Chan founder Christopher Poole says his creation isn't just "the dark heart of the internet," but a place that fosters creativity. "4Chan is misunderstood," Poole, aka "Moot," said in a speech at SXSW, according to the Guardian . "People want to think everyone on... More »

Hackers Take Down 4Chan Activists

Notorious message board has tables turned in Internet attack

(Newser) - Notorious message board 4Chan, a popular hangout for some high-profile hacker groups—including Anonymous, the group that launched attacks worldwide in support of WikiLeaks—was taken offline this week by an overwhelming Internet attack. While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, some are speculating it could be in... More »

WikiLeaks-Loving Hackers Strike MasterCard, PayPal

Companies who shunned site targeted

(Newser) - WikiLeaks' bank accounts have been frozen, a host of companies have stopped doing business with it, and its founder is in custody, but is anybody coming to its defense? Step up, 4chan. "Anonymous," a group linked to the notorious message board, has launched denial-of-service assaults against firms that... More »

Cops Goof on 'Pedobear' Warning

Police warn parents about a cartoon's 'love for girls'

(Newser) - Some California cops seem to have missed the point of ' Pedobear ,' a cartoon commonly used to mock pedophiles online, writes Adrien Chen on Gawker . The well-meaning folks at San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department have issued a misguided "Guide to Pedo Bear." The colorful handout describes... More »

'Jessi Slaughter': I'll Keep Making Videos

Police to talk to her about online safety

(Newser) - “Jessi Slaughter,” the 11-year-old whose profanity-laced YouTube rant made her an object of fun for 4Chan, has been on the receiving end of so many pranks and death threats that she’s under police protection . But none of that is keeping her offline. “I’m going to... More »

Hackers Mess With Gawker Over Story

Writer, wife harassed on Facebook

(Newser) - Internet hangout 4chan continues to seek revenge against Gawker for reporting on it, yesterday attacking not only the site but also Ryan Tate, the Gawker staffer who wrote the article, and Tate's wife. Users of 4chan's /b/ forum inundated Gawker's servers with traffic and spammed staffers' email accounts to punish... More »

Paper Mistakes 'Pedobear' for Olympic Mascot

Cartoon bear is associated with pedophilia, not sports

(Newser) - From the fact-checking department: When publishing an image of Olympic mascots, check to make sure there's not a cartoon bear with ties to pedophilia mixed in. A Polish paper made just such a mistake, accidentally lifting the meme known as "Pedobear"—widely used to mock pedophiles—from Google... More »

Meet YouTube's Unlikeliest Hero

YouTube's removal of lukeywes1234 sparks uprising

(Newser) - The meme-producing, viral-video-pushing nature of YouTube made a young boy who likes Star Wars and ghosts into an Internet rock star—and, just as quickly, a martyred hero when his channel was inexplicably suspended. YouTube’s “Lukeywes1234” was just another kid making videos with his grandma when prankster site... More »

Porn Spammers Hit YouTube

(Newser) - YouTube removed hundreds of pornographic videos posted to the site today in a coordinated attack, the BBC reports. The offending files, uploaded under names such as the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana, started innocently enough before turning graphic. “I'm 12 years old and what is this?” went a comment... More »

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