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Publication claims activist group 'Anonymous' failed at hacking Michigan accounts

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The activist group Anonymous tried and failed to hack into Michigan accounts regarding Flint, according to Crain's Detroit Business.

The publication said the cyber attacks happened over a two-week period and proved to be nothing more than a nuisance.

A video claiming to be from Anonymous posted on Jan. 20 called for Gov. Rick Snyder's arrest for his involvement in the Flint water crisis.

The video was posted by Anonymous Intel Group, which identifies as a faction of the hacker and activist group. The group claims responsibility for releasing the data from Ashley Madison users and generally use their skills as hackers for social justice or to protest censorship.

"It's clear to us that Gov. Snyder needs to be reminded he is a servant for the very same people he has poisoned and made sick," the video said.

It is important to note many of the statistics in this video are not supported by information from government sources or the researchers who brought the crisis to national attention.

For example, the video said children had died as a result of lead exposure. While the effects of lead poisoning are serious, there have not been any reported deaths in this ongoing crisis

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