An alleged member of dark web Neo-Nazi group ‘Doxbin’ has been charged, according to federal investigators. The Neo-Nazi group targeted hundreds of people and locations in ‘swatting’ attacks, where they made fake bomb threats and hostage situations and other violent situations via a phone call to the police to trick them into sending officials to potentially deadly force on a target’s address.
John William Kirby Kelley, appeared in federal court in Alexandria on January 10, 2019 and was charged with conspiracy to make threats, an offence which carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison. The Virginia native was part of the international Neo-Nazi group Doxbin and played a role in several ‘swatting’ attacks on people, especially federal judges, corporate executives, high-ranking government officials, schools, and journalists.
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An FBI affidavit which was unsealed last week stated that, the Neo-Nazi group all appeared to ‘have racist views’ with particular dislike for Jewish and African American people. One agent with the FBI stated that, the group, demonstrated affinity with the Neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division. “The group’s neo-Nazi ideology is evident in the racial tones throughout the conversation logs,” the affidavit stated. “Kirby Kelley and other co-conspirators are affiliated with or have expressed interest in the Atomwaffen Division,” it added.
The Atomwaffen Division is an extremist group who are linked as the perpertrators of multiple murders in the United States since 2017. The unseal affidavit also revealed that, an unnamed co-conspirator in an interview with FBI agents, revealed that, he and the other members of the Deadnet IRC were white supremacists, liked the Neo-Nazi movement and hated the inferior people in the world, referring to African Americans, Latinos, Asians and Jews.
The affidavit also revealed that, Kelley, together with other group members, used an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) platform called the “Deadnet”. The IRC, was a place where all members of the Neo-Nazi group came together to plan, document and carry out their swatting attacks. The affidavit also revealed that, Kelley, was very instrumental in creating the Internet Relay Chat platform and also for keeping it running all the time.
The Neo-Nazi group also created and maintained a dark web marketplace called Doxbin, where they displayed stolen personal information such as names, phone numbers, addresses, social security numbers, IP addresses, date of births and other private information on over hundreds of their targets. In some cases, the private information of friends and family members of their target were also displayed. After a target indexed on the Doxbin marketplace was successfully swatted by the group, a blue gun icon would then be added next to the person’s name.
One of their victims was Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Leonard G. Pitts Jr., who was handcuffed and forced out of his home by the police after a false report was made via a phone call by the group. The group was also accused of swatting a vape shop in a town in Pennsylvania in 2018, which led to a “shelter in place” order for the whole community. The Neo-Nazi group also targeted and hit other prominent places and people. According to the affidavit, the group was responsible for making 134 calls to law enforcement agencies, some in Canada and also Europe in the United Kingdom.
The FBI zeroed in on Kelley’s actions in November 2018, when his former school, Old Dominion University received a call, claiming that one of their students was armed with an AR-15 had hidden pipe bombs around campus. A few hours later, the university police also received a call from someone with the same voice as the first caller, calming that he dialed accidently rang them and apologized.
Investigators stated that, Kelley in making his second call to the university police, forgot to obscure his real phone number listed in records on campus. Kelley, according to reports from the FBI was using a virtual private networking (VPN) services to hide his true Internet location and also several voice-over-IP (VoIP) services to make the swatting calls
According to the affidavit, investigators on that case alleged that, Kelley had hoped to swat his own school in a desperate bid to avoid attending class but wasn’t successful in the attempt. A message that read “Don’t send bomb threats to your own school,” was found on their dark web site Doxbin, posted by one of the members of the group. Additional investigations revealed that, Kelley had posted that he was going to swat his own school and wanted all his members to discuss it.
Kelley was the identified and apprehended by the university police. His residence was later raid by FBI agents before he was interviewed about the swat incidence. Kelley was a cybersecurity student at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia before he got expelled on state drug charges. He hid behind the moniker “Carl,” on the dark web to interreact with other members of Doxbin.
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The FBI also found a photo on his phone where Kelley and other Doxbin members were dressed up in tactical gear holding assault rifles, and also pictures of Atomwaffen recruitment material and the neo-Nazi publication Siege. Siege Culture, is a white supremacist web site that accepts and rates the writings James Mason, a Neo-Nazi author who in several of his books, calls for his followers to start a race war in the United States for sure. One photo of a helmet and a ballistic vest found in the search was later revealed to be in the possession of Jeffery Clark, a man from D.C who admitted in 2018 to being involved in the white nationalist movement.
Reports from the FBI also stated that, the swat incidence at Kelley’s former university was linked to a November 2018 bomb threat at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Old Town Alexandria, a predominantly African American Church which also led to an order of evacuation and sweep of the church by police during an evening service. Another chat log uncovered by the FBI between Doxbin members revealed that, another member of the group under the moniker “Chanz” admitting to calling in a fake bomb threat at the UCLA campus after a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a British political speaker.
During Kelley’s first appearance in federal court, his defense attorney refused to comment on the charges levelled against his Kelley but stated that, his client had “very limited funds.”
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