Hacker Prints anti-Semitic Fliers Through College Printers

The fliers featuring hateful messages appeared on college campuses across the country.
Published: March 29, 2016

A computer hacker claimed responsibility for swastika-covered fliers that spontaneously printed on college campuses around the country recently.

Andrew Auernheimer said he wasn’t targeting college campuses but sent the fliers to every publicly accessible printer on the continent, according to the New York Times.

The fliers, which featured swastikas and mentioned “the struggle for global white supremacy,” appeared at Princeton University; the University of California, Berkeley; Smith College; Brown University; the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Mount Holyoke College and elsewhere.

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Many universities contacted police and launched investigations into the incident. DePaul University shut off remote printing.

Some student groups said they were disappointed with their administration’s harsh condemnation of the fliers at a time when black student movements have targeted racism. 

Auernheimer said his concerns for free speech and the “invasion” of foreigners into white cultures motivated him. It is unclear if his actions broke any laws.

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