The legend of Casey the Punisher (aka Casey Heynes) took a dramatic — and some would say disturbing — turn on Wednesday, as a notorious hackers group hijacked the 16-year-old’s school web site in protest of his suspension. The hacktivist group “Anonymous” has garnered notoriety for recent attacks on various company web sites in support Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Now, apparently, they’ve turned their guns on Chifley College, Dunheved Campus at North St Marys, the Australian school which suspended Casey Heynes for his role in the infamous bullying incident. Video of the skirmish has gone viral, despite it being banned by YouTube.
Noting that Casey was actually the victim of a bully, but received a four-day suspension anyway for fighting back, Anonymous declared the launch of “Operation Fat Hero,” in which the school’s web site was taken down and further cyber disobedience was solicited from readers. Excerpt from the attack manifesto:
We have had enough of this bigotry. They failed at providing a violence-free environment for their students, and when Zangief Kid (Casey) took things in his own hands they b****slapped him for defending himself.
Anonymous then advocated people flood the school with emails to “let them feel your wrath.”
How long before images of Casey with a Che Guevara beret begin popping up? Updates, of course, to follow.
The moral of the story here is that you shouldn’t suspend a bullied kid unless you’re prepared to feel the wrath of the hacker community. Because most computer nerds were probably bullied when they were in school, they take this very personally.