anonymous logo(1) Hacker group Anonymous appeals to UK police to join us in emails

The hacker group called Anonymous has contacted members of the British police force by email to ask them to “join us,” one of its most unusual moves to date.

The hacker group called Anonymous has contacted members of the British police force by email to ask them to “join us,” one of its most unusual moves to date.

 
They hacked into the UKPoliceOnline forum and stole the email addresses of police officers, whom they then emailed a manifesto to which reads in part like a recruitment message.
 
“We know that most of you are working-class people, like the majority of us, and that you too have mortgages, student loans, or your children do, and other debts as well. Don't defend the traitors against us, your fellow citizens,” the message said, according to the Associated Press. “We offer you our hands in friendship. Join us.”
 
anonymous logo Hacker group Anonymous appeals to UK police to join us in emails
 
It is not exactly clear why Anonymous made this move, which could incite the police to crack down more on its members and supporters, but it could be related to previous arrests of hackers alleged to be involved with the group. The appeal might be designed to elicit sympathy from police officers to avoid future arrests, but it is unlikely to work on the vast majority of those in the force.
 
The message was described as “sober and thoughtful” by Geoff Hyams, managing director of the NSI Group, which operates the police forum in question. He likened it to a recruitment message, though it is not clear if Anonymous really believes it can convert current police officers to vigilante-style hackers.
 
London Metropolitan Police said it was investigating how Anonymous got the email addresses.