Hacker claims responsibility for racist flyers sent to colleges

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AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP)– A man is now claiming responsibility for the anti-Semitic flyers that were sent to several local colleges and universities.

Just before the weekend, flyers with racists messages showed up on computer printers on the UMass Amherst campus. The flyers had swastikas and racist messages on them. Those same flyers were also found at about a dozen other colleges and universities both locally and in other parts of the country.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, the flyers also showed up on campus printers at UCLA in California and 22News uncovered the also made their way to DePaul University in Chicago.

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Now, 30-year-old Andrew Auernheimer has disclosed how he sent the flyers in a blog published last week, according to NBC News. Auernheimer is a self proclaimed white supremacist. In the blog he wrote he was able to find vulnerable, Web-connected devices in order to be able to print the flyers remotely.

In his blog he insults the people that he offended specifically, including UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, saying he would fight him.

UMass Freshman Courtney Pilon told 22News, “I think racist acts happen all the time I mean especially on college campuses I’m not really surprised it’s sad that it’s going on.”

“I think it’s disgusting that that kind of hate still exists in our society and I think something needs to change I don’t know what but something does need to change,” said Tim Jenis, UMass student.

UMass put out a statement saying the University condemns such cowardly hateful acts. Their IT crews are working on additional blocks on external access to the campus computing network. Mount Holyoke and Smith College also received the flyers.

According to NBC News, Auernheimer was previously convicted for his role in a 2010 hack that stole personal info from over a hundred thousand iPad users.  He left the country after his conviction was overturned and is believed to be in Eastern Europe.

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