In December 2006, a band of Internet vigilantes (reportedly based in 4chan.org and 7chan.org) attacked Hal Turner’s ‘net audio broadcasts and Web Site.
The initial foray consisted of a coordinated series of prank calls to Hal Turner’s Internet talk show. Mr. Turner retaliated by posting the callers’ phone numbers at his Web Site.
The ePosse escalated the attack over a wider front. The pranksters posted the personal phone numbers of Hal Turner and his parents. Included in the message were allegations of domestic abuse and cruelty to animals, which Mr. Turner has denied. Supposedly Hal Turner’s wife, mother, and underage son received phone calls threatening assault and sexual assault.
The Battle of the Bandwidth
Hal Turner’s Web Site became the target of a Denial of Service attack. A Denial of Service attack is an automated process that sends a tsunami of ‘net traffic to a domain. This can cause the hosting server to grind to a halt, making a Web Site unavailable to visitors. According to Turner, the Denial of Service attack has cost him thousands of dollars in bandwidth charges. The attackers (possibly identified or associated with /b/tards and/or Anonymous) are quite proud of this and have openly gloated about it in message boards.
Hal Turner has stated that criminal charges were filed against John Does. He also posted that Skinheads in either Australia or New Zealand (Mr. Turner was not sure of a location more precise than “down under.”) located and beat one of the hackers. As proof, Hal Turner displayed on his Web Site a picture of a young man with a bloody face. Someone did a google image search using “bloody face” as the term. In this way, the identical photo was located immediately elsewhere on the Web in an unrelated context. Subsequently, the picture and the boast of assault disappeared from Hal Turner’s Web Page.
For a short time on the morning of December 28th 2006, Hal Turner’s Web Site forwarded to (loaded) the official FBI Web Site. I at first thought that Hal Turner’s Site was hacked. This does not seem to have been the case. A possibility is that the forward was intended to divert the Denial of Service attack to the FBI and so involve the Feds.
Click HERE for Online audio of what appears to be a call to the FBI.
Hal Turner appealed to other White Supremacists noting that they may be targeted next. Some of those claiming to be members of the ePosse have echoed this.
It’s not clear why visitors to 4chan.org or 7chan.org have decided to attack racism in general and Hal Turner in particular. 4chan.org and 7chan.org are best known for a focus on Japanese cartoons and comics.
In April 2006, Hal Turner was quoted as advocating the killing of undocumented aliens. He also was involved in an assault case against Jaime Vazquez, recipient of the Purple Heart, Frmr. Jersey City Councilman, and Frmr. Jersey City Deputy Mayor.
Hal Turner is best known for his advocacy of racism and of violence against immigrants and public officials. As a drumbeat to these rants, Turner also frequently reports (in the manner of Chicken Little) that the US economy is about to collapse.
Here is Hal Turner’s most recent “scoop” from 12/15/06:
CHINA TO DUMP ONE TRILLION IN U.S. RESERVES!
Tells visiting Bush administration officials they will not sit back and lose their shirts as U.S. Dollar collapses; they are getting out fast and large!
BEIJING, CHINA — Sources with a U.S. Delegation in Beijing have told The Hal Turner Show the Chinese government has informed visiting Bush Administration officials they intend to dump One TRILLION U.S. Dollars from China’s Currency Reserves and convert those funds into Euros, gold and silver!
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7chan-ers distributed a poster to Hal Turner’s neighbors. The flyer announces Mr. Turner’s calling for the murder of minorities.
The 7chan-ers displayed these images Online: