Andrew Alan Escher Auernheimer (/ˈɔːrənhaɪmər/ AW-rən-hy-mər; born (1985-09-01)September 1, 1985), best known by his pseudonym weev, is an American black hat hacker, and Internet troll. He has identified himself using a variety of aliases to the media, although most sources correctly provide his first name as Andrew. He is a member of an antisemitic network of computer hackers that wages cyber-attacks against universities.
weev – Wikipedia
Auernheimer claimed responsibility for the reclassification of many books on gay issues as pornography on Amazon‘s services in April 2009. Amazon said that Auernheimer was not responsible for the incident. Even before the Amazon incident, several media publications profiled Auernheimer regarding his hacking and trolling activities, notably The New York Times, in which he claimed to be a member of a hacker group called “the organization,” making $10 million annually. He also claimed to be the owner of a Rolls-Royce Phantom. After the Times story on Auernheimer was published, reporters sought out Auernheimer for commentary on hacking-related stories. Gawker published a story on the Sarah Palin email hacking incident and prominently featured Auernheimer’s comments in the title of the story.
Political views and critical reception
Auernheimer has published a number of podcasts and keeps a LiveJournal blog in which he offers commentary on racial and cultural issues. His views have proved controversial, causing Philip Elmer-DeWitt to dub him “the ugliest computer hacker”. Rolling Stone calls his hacking results racist and homophobic while others have interpreted his work as deliberately offensive humor, with Fox News calling it “offensive and witty detail” and a Forbes author telling readers to “think: Shakespeare’s Puck“; an Atlantic magazine author called this Puck reference “oddly generous.”
On Red Ice Radio, Andrew reasoned that “The way I look at the term ‘white supremacy’… Africans are supreme in Africa… it’s not like the Chinese aren’t supreme in China. Why shouldn’t Whites be supreme in the nations of their forefathers?”
Auernheimer is an advocate for free speech. He defended the satirical wiki Encyclopedia Dramatica in a Ninemsn interview which was cited as “rather brilliant” in an article about Australian Internet censorship published in The Register. His actions have sometimes been described as hacktivism—Australian media commentator Emma Jane has characterized him as a “celebrity hacktivist”.
The Daily Dot wrote of his white nationalism that “Auernheimer’s rant has served mostly to put a wide chasm between the important case he was a part of from the ideas he got in prison and now loudly espouses.”
Auernheimer is a member of the Gay Nigger Association of America, an anti-blogging trolling group who take their name from the 1992 Danish movie Gayniggers from Outer Space. Members of Goatse Security involved with the iPad hack are also members of GNAA. He was also formerly GNAA’s president.
In 2008, The New York Times reported that Auernheimer claimed responsibility for posting a false account of programming author and game developer Kathy Sierra‘s career in 2007 including charges that she was a former sex worker, along with her actual address and Social Security number. This led to her receiving death threats and threats of sexual violence and to her online absence from 2007 to 2013. In 2014, Auernheimer denied that he was the author of the post and asserted that The New York Times author fabricated the statement that was attributed to him. Sierra has stated that, before this denial, Auernheimer repeatedly tweeted about the incident that she “had it coming” and deserved to be attacked.
Update: He is in Ukraine and Vk account