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The site 4chan.org posted a message purportedly sent by the shooting suspect.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Internet website where an alleged gunman posted his intention to shoot people at New River Valley Mall on Friday has long been associated with anonymous pranks, cyberbullying, hacking and pornography.
The site, www.4chan.org, launched in 2003 as an Internet bulletin board for posting images, mainly Japanese comics such as anime and manga. Since then, the site has become a place where "hackers like to hang out," as The Washington Post described it in 2009.
Some of 4chan.org's pranks have been juvenile, such as perpetuating the Internet joke (or "meme") "Rickrolling," where computer users are baited into clicking on an Internet link only to be taken directly to the video of Rick Astley's 1987 pop hit "Never Gonna Give You Up."
However, some of 4chan.org's users have been charged with child pornography, making threats against people and hacking other websites. 4chan.org users hacked vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's email in 2008.
The site spawned the hacker group Anonymous, which has been responsible for some of the highest-profile cyber attacks against corporations and governments. Anonymous's attacks have ranged from hacking the Ugandan government website over the country's homosexuality bill to going after the Church of Scientology, Fox News and the Pentagon.
4chan.org's users can post anonymously on a variety of subjects. Some have made threats to carry out public attacks, such as a Texas student who posted photographs of pipe bombs he threatened to use at his high school in 2007. The plot, which was a hoax, was foiled when 4chan.org users who saw the online post reported it to police, who arrested the suspect.
In 2006, a Wisconsin man was arrested after posting on 4chan.org and other message boards that he was planning to blow up dirty bombs in NFL stadiums.
In the past two years alone, at least five people have been arrested for posting or downloading child pornography at 4chan.org. In some cases, 4chan users reported the posts to police.
(ID: k6wRcM6a) 04/12/13(Fri)14:56:57
Hey /b/ it's time. My name is neil Macinnis and I go to new river community college in Christiansburg Virgina. 10 minutes away from Virginia tech. I'm gonna give y'all the details because the news never gets it right.
Stevens 320 shotgun.
Buck shots and slugs
Wanna listen? Www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/9365/?rl=rr. If tha doesn't work search New river valley public safety.
I'm a bit nervous because I've never really handled a shotgun but a few times with the Christiansburg police. Anyways this is not a highscores game but actually a lesson (that's why I'm at school). Wanna see my eportfolio/what I look like? Www.nrccstudents.org/macinnisn/ Make sure there is a slash at end. Also pic related I'm here at school writing this. Wish me luck. An heroing is not necessary unless I get f----- out the a--. It's pretty busy
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