Online hackers have posted what are purportedly lewd photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson, who has been targeted by activists for his role in the agency’s decision to shut down cell phone service on August 11.
Johnson was part of a management group that decided to shut down cell service in an attempt to quell a planned protest. BART officials defended the decision, saying protestors were planning on chaining themselves to objects within downtown stations, posing an imminent threat to passengers.
Anonymous, a loose collective of activists in charge of the protests, included Johnson’s resignation in its recent list of demands for BART. The chief spokesman is still with the agency, although he has been absent in recent days due to a family emergency.
The photo of Johnson surfaced on Wednesday morning and made its rounds through the blogosphere. BART spokesman Jim Allison would not comment on personal issues of agency employees.
This is the third cyber attack against BART in the past 10 days. On August 14 hackers posted personal information about passengers from the agency’s myBART.org website, and on August 17 the home addresses of the agency’s police officers were posted online.