Hacked By Racists: Trayvon Martin’s Social Media Accounts
1 year ago
White supremacists, anarchists flaunt apparent breach of 17-year-old victim’s privacy
Internet trolls have taken character assassination of Trayvon Martin to new lows, as details of the 17-year-old’s academic record have been leaked to reporters.
A white supremacist hacker claims to have gained illegal access to social media and email accounts belonging to Martin, the Miami teen shot dead by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain in Florida, more than a month ago.
According to an investigation into the claims by a Gawker reporter, the hacker breached the teen’s Gmail account. Gawker reports the account contains emails related to Martin's college search and preparation for the SATs. Gawker is crediting an anonymous source.
Identifying himself as “Klanklannon” to the anarchist messages board “4chan,” (NSFW) the hacker accessed private Facebook messages and wall posts that appear to support allegations of Martin’s drug use. Just before his shooting death, Martin reportedly began a 10-day suspension from school, after school officials found marijuana residue in his backpack.
Klanklannon also compiled messages that suggest Martin was dealing drugs, posting pictures that show the teen holding a wad of cash.
From the Gawker report:
In addition to the Facebook messages, Klanklannon posted a list of usernames and passwords for Martin's social media and email accounts as proof of his exploits. All of the passwords had been changed to racist slurs. (Gmail: "niggerniggernigger" Twitter: "coontrayvonnigger")
A screenshot of Trayvon's Gmail inbox our source provided us is heartbreaking. Martin apparently used his Gmail account for his college search, and it's filled with emails about upcoming SAT tests and scholarship applications. ("Trayvon, now is the best time to take the SATs!") One email included the results of a career aptitude test, our source said. It "talked about his interest in aeronautics and stuff."
It’s common knowledge that hacking into anyone’s email or social media account is illegal. Lawyers for the Martin family were contacted about the breach, but did not immediately respond to requests for comment Thursday evening.