Anonymous Hackers Target Manteca Police Department

Anonymous recently published a graphic video threatening to take down the official Web site for the Manteca, California Police Department unless officer John Moody is fired and prosecuted for shooting and killing an unarmed civilian.

“Back in June 2011, Manteca Officer John Moody shot 34-year-old Ernesto Duenez Jr. 11 times when he got out of the pickup truck parked in front of his residence,” writes Softpedia’s Eduard Kovacs. “Duenez, a parolee, was wanted for questioning regarding a domestic violence case.”

“Duenez was shot once in the head, eight times in his body and twice in his extremities,” RT reports. “Four of these shots occurred while he was already on the ground. He died shortly thereafter from gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. While the officer was firing his gun, the victim’s wife ran out of the house, screaming at the officer and subsequently crying over her husband’s dead body.”

“The world has seen the public graphic video of you viciously murdering an unarmed civilian with 11 firing shots, and now you are in deep trouble to the general community. … Having a badge does not give you legal permission to murder freely,” the Anonymous video states. “Once again, Manteca Police Department, we demand as a final resort that you disband your corrupted enforcer John Moody and serve justice for his despicable act of violence. Otherwise, Anonymous users will act appropriately with inevitably a complete shutdown of the official Web site.”

“Police Chief Nick Obligacion noted that the city’s information technology personnel have been placed on alert and are monitoring the situation,” writes The Manteca Bulletin’s Dennis Wyatt. “‘We view it as a valid threat,’ the chief said.”

Still, as News10’s Leigh Paynter notes, “A look at the department’s website shows there’s not much to hack into. The website still lists former Captain Rex Osborn, but he retired two years ago. When News10 called Osborn, he said it hasn’t been updated in awhile and the contact information listed for him is no longer in use.”

Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman
Jeff Goldman has been a technology journalist for more than 20 years and an eSecurity Planet contributor since 2009.

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