Anonymous claims it has ‘doxxed’ – or de-anonymised – American Pastor Joel Osteen, who was criticised this week for refusing to open his ‘mega church’ to victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The hacktivist collective has published a large number of personal phone numbers, addresses and email addresses which appear to be for Osteen and his family.
The ‘doxxing’ is in response to Osteen’s ‘lies and lack of empathy to the survivors of Houston’, a Twitter account linked to the hacktivist group said.
A wide variety of information has been published on a Hastebin page – although it’s not clear how ‘private’ the data actually is.
Some observers have suggested that the data could be found via Google searches, and that the ‘doxxing’ doesn’t actually reveal anything new.
As Hurricane Harvey struck the city with 130mph winds, Joel Osteen Tweeted comforting words to his followers rather than opening the doors to his 16,800-seat arena at Lakewood Church in Houston.
He wrote on Monday: ‘Jesus promises us peace that passes understanding. That’s peace when it doesn’t make sense.’
Lakewood Church, a 16,000-seat former arena that was the longtime home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets, announced on Twitter that it was receiving people who need shelter late Tuesday morning.
Osteen announced the move himself shortly after, adding in a tweet that he and wife Victoria Osteen ‘care deeply about our fellow Houstonians’.
In a statement, Osteen said the church ‘never closed its doors’ and was serving as a relief supply distribution center. He said it would ‘house people once shelters reach capacity’.