As authorities continue their manhunt for former LAPD police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, the Los Angeles Police Department has denied claims by the hacktivist collective Anonymous that its departmental website was attacked and brought down.
"Anonymous Operation USA | Target: DOWN | http://www.LAPDonline.org | #Anonymous #OpUSA #FTP #Revolution," the group tweeted.
"No they didn't," LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado told the Los Angeles Times late Monday in quickly refuting the group's claims.
Anonymous is an online activist hacker group made up of members from all over the world. In the past, they have taken responsibility for cyber attacks on large corporations and governmental bodies across the world, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wall Street, Visa and the social media giant Facebook.
According to Annoymous, #OperationDorner has commenced in support of the fugitive ex-officer. Reporting through Pastebin, on Monday, they posted:
Hello, officers of the Los Angeles Police Department, we are anonymous.
As national headlines regarding the vigilante acts of former LAPD officer Christopher Jordan Dorner continue to intensify, we have decided amongst ourselves to pursue an appropriate recourse.
And so we watched with dread and utter hilarity as the LAPD began to pursue this man.
However the department has proven once more that it is incapable of serving the public, look no further than to the women who became LAPD’s most recent victims. The two were shot without warning and were not even given the chance to surrender simply because LAPD thinks they are above the law.
No one is above the law.
In coordination with federal authorities, the LAPD is now conducting a massive manhunt for The Dark Knight Christopher Dorner, so that they may effectively silence him forever without due process.
And now since the authorization of drones have been approved for the first time ever to pursue and execute an American citizen on United States Soil, the US Government will stage this event to set a new precedent from which it can assassinate American citizens for little to no reason at all.
But do not misinterpret us for we do not condone the vicious acts that Dorner has allegedly partaken in. Instead we sympathize and resonate with his struggle. Dorner was not born a killer he was a law abiding citizen that was tainted by the corrupt and inhumane practices of the Los Angeles Police Department who serve only themselves.
We however do not accept this fate, and call upon our brothers to raise arms against the LAPD, for justice and for the lulz we will rise to disrupt, dismantle and dissect all aspects of the manhunt whilst revealing the LAPD’s unwarranted hypocrisy.
We are hated, vilified, and like Dorner, considered to be enemies to the state. But there are those who whisper that we are culture and a necessity that bring truth to a cloaked world. In this spirit we will forge ahead and allow #OperationDorner to commence!
Anonymous's claim of an attack upon the LAPD website came after the group began using a Twitter account to criticize and mock the manhunt of Chris Dorner, the former Los Angeles police officer and retired United States Naval reservist.
Dorner, 33, of La Palma, California, is wanted in the killings of Cal State Fullerton assistant basketball coach Monica Quan and her fiance, Keith Lawrence, in Irvine on Sunday. Quan is the daughter of former police captain Randal Quan. He represented Dorner in the LAPD departmental hearing that resulted in his firing from the force in 2008.
The group also tweeted a willingness to assist Dorner with distributing any information corruption within the Los Angeles Police Department.
"Dormer needs to be placed in custody without being killed. He also may have information he wants leaked; we will leak it if he desires," the group said in a message posted on Twitter.
"Such notoriety is unwarranted," John Contini, a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney and author of several real-life crime dramas including Danger Road and Feeling the Heat, told Examiner, in commenting on the Annoymous post. "After all, Chris Dorner is alleged to have killed two civilians and a police officer to get his message across. This is not free speech."
The Breitbart website, however, has said that "the LAPD's official website does appear to be down, most likely as a result of a Denial of Service attacks."