Christopher Doyon, the homeless man the feds say launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the city of Santa Cruz’s web servers because he was upset over an anti-camping law, is out of federal custody on his own recognizance and has evidentially joined up with a local Occupy protest.
FBI agents arrested Doyon back in September in connection with an Anonymous-affiliated cyber attack against Santa Cruz’s website. TPM obtained his mugshot through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request this week.
Doyon’s lawyer Jay Leiderman previously told TPM that a DDoS attack is “merely a digital sit in” that “is no different from occupying the Woolworth’s lunch counter in the civil rights era.”
Doyon hasn’t exactly been in hiding since he got out of federal custody. Banned from Twitter and Facebook, he’s made himself available to the media.
“I am Commander X,” Doyon, 47, told reporters outside a local courthouse after he was released a few weeks ago. “Yes, I am immensely proud and humbled to my core to be a part of the movement known as Anonymous.”
Doyon, who wore a “Free Bradley Manning” t-shirt to his press conference, said he was a founding member of Peoples Liberation Front. He said he wasn’t guilty of the hacking charges against him.
“Both my co-defendant, Josh Covelli, and I are categorically innocent of the charges against us and our legal team will provide irrefutable evidence of this,” Doyon said.
Separately, he was quoted by a local Fox station on the violent clashes between Occupy protestors and law enforcement in other cities. He said the protestors never attacked the police.
“I think it’s hurting the overall image of the police department,” Doyon told a local station. “We didn’t do it. They attacked us. It’s their image that’s being tarnished by it, not ours. We’re peaceful protesters, I mean, in every occupy around the country it’s nothing but a peaceful movement.”