For the second time in six months, Neo-nazi hacker Andrew “weev” Aurnheimer has apparently sent racist Nazi propaganda, this time calling for the deaths of children, to printers on University campuses across the United States, including one in the director’s office of the Wisconsin Union.
Wisconsin Union Alumni Relations Coordinator Timeka Rumph said an intern discovered the screed among other documents on the printer Tuesday afternoon.
“She asked, ‘Did you print these,’ and I saw the swastikas and I thought maybe I better take a closer look,” said Rumph, who is African American.
Not knowing where it came from was “unsettling,” she said. “I had to think, is this a threat? Should I be concerned?”
Campus IT officials told Rumph today that the document was printed from the same address that sent similar propaganda to dozens of campus printers in March 2016. The culprit in that attack, Aurenheimer, told Madison365 via Twitter that he is also responsible for this one.
@madison_365 I have printed to many more publicly accessible printers.
— Andrew Auernheimer (@rabite) August 3, 2016
Aurnheimer later said what he printed on those printers matched what Rumph found.
Aurnheimer told Madison365 via Twitter that “the occasion is whites are being genocided off the face of the earth by savage nonwhite criminals.” He also claimed that he had printed to between 50,000 and 70,000 printers, “significantly more than last time,” he said.
Media reports from March indicate that the number of printers affected in that attack numbered in the dozens. It is unclear how many were actually affected this time.
The document, emblazoned with swastikas, is titled “Why I’m Getting a Bowl Cut,” a reference to the hairstyle of Dylann Roof, who will soon stand trial for the murders of nine African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina. It refers to “barbaric nonwhite animals” and says whites wanting to use peaceful methods are “a betrayal of our race and heritage.” The document goes on to endorse many violent crimes against minorities, including children, and praises Roof for his “personal sacrifice of his life and future in defense of his people.”
The entire document can be seen here; many readers may find it disturbing.
Rumph said she feels better knowing she wasn’t targeted specifically, but is still quite disturbed.
“It was very disturbing,” she said. “It was very unsettling. Being a black person reading that, whoever penned this message believes you’re an inhuman animal. There’s something very unsettling about that. A person believing you deserve violence took the time to write this.”
Rumph praised Wisconsin Union leaders and other campus officials for their quick response.
“To their credit, they were right on top of things,” she said “Am I happy with their response in regards to the incident? Yes.”
One thing could have been handled a little better, she said.
“I think it was unfortunate that nobody who knew about the incident reached out to ask me, ‘how are you doing? Are you ok?’” she said. “They’re all frantic about getting it reported to the proper authorities, but no one took a step back to say, ‘Wow, one of our black employees received this hate propaganda, how is she feeling?’”
Overall, though, Rumph said she’s satisfied with how the incident was handled. “I’m happy that they were quick to respond to it and concerned that this happened,” she said.
Aurnheimer apparently lives in Eastern Europe, having left the United States after being released from prison in 2014. He was convicted of hacking AT&T in 2011.
We will have further updates to this story as it develops.