UPDATE: Video Released to Barista Kids From Group Claiming to Have Leaked Montclair Assessments

BY  |  Monday, Oct 28, 2013 5:24pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

CaptureUPDATE: It’s been brought to our attention that there is a hacker group that goes by the name Anonymous. Is this video from the real group? An imitator? Or just a prank?

In another (extremely strange) twist in the breach of Montclair School assessments, Barista Kids was just sent a link to this video from a group calling itself “Anonymous” claiming it has released “16 of the planned assessments to the world.”

The video has text scrolling over this freaky mask face reminiscent of V For Vendetta Eyes Wide Shut and is anti-MacCormack and BoE and threatens:

We are Anonymous.

We are legion.

We do not forgive.

We do not forget.

Expect us – always.

Update 10:00 pm : video seems to have been taken down. Watch the video here and tell us what you think: Halloween joke or anti-MacCormack group?


  1. POSTED BY jonbonesteel  |  October 28, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    Those kids, so creative. Here’s what it will look like – scan forward to 45:30. Or watch the full show as it is brilliant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AyLt13qy20

  2. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  October 28, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

    Well, frankly the Guy Fawkes picture is getting tired. The music of WAY OVER THE TOP. The text too plain, and doesn’t fit with the pix. Therefore, aesthetically, it doesn’t feel like the work of Anonymous. A group who, while I may disagree with some of their polices and means, has a style.

    This video is devoid of style. And that alone makes me believe it’s a poor attempt to make this sad affair into something it’s not. Moreover, the demonization of the Super is too specific (and over the top). And finally, it’s odd that a video rather than a DOS (Denial of Service) attack against say, the District website prohibiting access to the files was the tactic.

    So, me thinks this is subterfuge, someone evoking Anonymous for their gain.

    Time will tell.

  3. POSTED BY latebloomer  |  October 28, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

    The drama mounts!

  4. POSTED BY jdmaccb  |  October 28, 2013 @ 6:41 pm


    This is so amateurish. I recognize this tactic as a cheap form of astroturfing. Somebody has a really lousy sense of PR.

    Anonymous? Really? Montclair and the BOE have the attention of the Guy Fawkes-masked crowd? This is just silly.

    In the end this will turn out to be plain ole incompetence. That thought continues to scare me.

    ProfWilliams I find myself agreeing with your observations. Could things get any stranger?

  5. POSTED BY croiagusanam  |  October 28, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    “We do not forget.”

    “We do not forgive.”

    “We do not have any idea how ridiculous we look.”

  6. POSTED BY a321  |  October 28, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Bravo Anonymous – you are a thief and a cheat.

  7. POSTED BY rachaelegan  |  October 28, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

    Much more likely to be a sloppy mistake in the first place.

  8. POSTED BY walleroo  |  October 28, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    This is why we live in Montclair.

  9. POSTED BY uptowndowntown  |  October 28, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    What a stupid, self-important video.

  10. POSTED BY montclairpublic  |  October 28, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

    You have to be an idiot to believe the assessments being posted is the work of a bunch of kids or renegade union members. Or you have to be Prof Williams, who seems to be a professor of Sean Hannity talking points. If the truth is ever told by the superintendent/BOE, it will be that a mistake was made in central office. nothing more. me thinks they already know that.

  11. POSTED BY montclairpublic  |  October 28, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

    and let’s say, hypothetically, it was a hack job. here is the point made by Jersey Jazzman on his blog: it’s about accountability, the buck stopping with the CEO:

    “But I’ll also say this: to my mind, it is in many ways worse that a hack occurred than if someone had made a mistake and put the tests up accidentally for a few hours. You don’t administer district-wide tests and store them on servers without ensuring that you have a security protocol in place adequate to keep people out of the files. Clearly, that didn’t happen – and I think we can all assume that whoever got the files isn’t exactly at the top of the NSA’s most wanted computer criminals list.”

  12. POSTED BY darkprince  |  October 29, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    montclairpublic ..

    you actually think someone in central office mistakenly posted to a third party website? THAT sounds truly idiotic.

  13. POSTED BY aeon  |  October 29, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    Looks like it was re uploaded https://vimeo.com/78112726 — Should be up in 40 minutes

  14. POSTED BY thinking4myself  |  October 29, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    Interesting! I just saw the video at the new link above–it has been changed. Language toned down–now more about exposing security flaws than about stopping the assault on the weak and powerless through standardized testing (my paraphrase). Music more in background and instead of scrolling words, a computer generated voice.

    Patch has the original video wording still up here: https://montclair.patch.com/groups/schools/p/anonymous-video-claims-responsibility-for-leaked-montclair-assessments_1d1d5be9

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