Minutes before an unidentified gunman opened fire at a Virginia mall on Friday afternoon, a user of the 4chan message boards seemingly announced his plans to undertake a mass shooting, providing exact details of the location and timing of the coming spree.
4chan, the anarchic Internet messageboard, appears to be experiencing an identity crisis. Whereas terror campaigns against tweens were once planned amid stomach-churning images, a strong streak of do-gooderism has taken hold. In fact, 4chan is being downright nice these days.
Called to testify against the Sarah Palin email "hacker," 4chan founder Chris Poole somehow found himself delivering a federal courtroom tutorial on the meaning of "newfag" and other slang from his anarchic message board. Lulz are now in session.
Chris Poole is looking for hackers for his new startup Canvas Networks, which is pretty strange considering the last website he started, 4chan, is notoriously a place teeming with, uh, hackers. Going legit isn't always an intuitive process.
Good Morning America was supposed to air a follow-up today to yesterday's report on 11-year-old cyberbullying victim Jessi Slaughter. It got spiked. Why? For one thing, a harassment campaign by 4chan users discouraged GMA's cyberbullying expert from going back on.
Anarchic internet hangout 4chan sent a little more hate Gawker's way today, launching a denial of service attack against our website, spamming our email accounts and even trying to bother one staffer's spouse. All so we'd stop talking about them.
Last night, the users of 4Chan.org's notorious /b/ message board declared war on the lead singer of an obscure electro-pop band. More than 12 hours later, they're still waging it. This is how the Internet's worst trolls work.
Like all great internet hijinx, it started on 4chan's anarchic /b/ message board. Late Sunday—shortly after Bieber was photographed with visible nipples and Kim Kardashian—4chan users pushed "Justin Bieber Syphilis" to the top of Google Trends.
AT&T, for reasons unknown at this point, has blocked user access to portions of 4chan, the online hangout for the world's most notorious cyber-terrorists. And they thought iPhone customers were a pain in their ass! This will end badly.