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Christopher Doyon biography: 13 things about hacktivist aka Commander X, PLF co-founder

Christopher Mark Doyon (©FBI)
Christopher Mark Doyon (©FBI)

Christopher Mark Doyon is a hacktivist also known as Commander X. He lives in Mexico City, Mexico.

When Doyon w as a child, his mother died. He and his younger sister were raised by their father, who was physically abusive.

Doyon is a former resident of Mountain View, Santa Clara County, California, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. When he was a child in Maine, USA in the 1970s, he spent hours chatting with strangers on citizens band (CB) radio. (a)
  2. In 1978, he ran away from home. In 1980, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, where he supported himself through odd jobs and panhandling. (a)
  3. In the 1985, he was one of the activists who founded the People Liberation Front. (a) (b)
  4. In 1992, he sold three hundred hits of acid to an undercover narcotics agent at a Grateful Dead concert in Indiana, USA. He was sentenced to 12 years in the Pendleton Correctional Facility in Pendleton, Indiana. (a)
  5. While in the Pendleton Correctional Facility, he took classes from Ball State University and became interested in religion and philosophy. He was released in 1997. (a)
  6. In 2010, he moved to Santa Cruz, California to join a local movement called Peace Camp. He spent much of his time at the Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company hunched over an Acer laptop. (a)
  7. On December 16, 2010, he participated in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against the computer servers of Santa Cruz County, California, which caused Santa Cruz County’s website to go offline. (c)
  8. In January 2011, he created a site called LocalLeaks and volunteered to spam Tunisian government e-mail addresses in an attempt to clog their servers. In April 2011, he left San Francisco, California, hitchhiked around the West, camped in parks at night and spent his days at Starbucks outlets. On September 21, 2011, he was indicted for conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer and intentional damage to a protected computer, aiding and abetting. On September 22, 2011, he was arrested in a coffee shop in Mountain View. He was released on bond after being detained for a week. (a) (c)
  9. On February 2, 2012, he failed to appear at a status conference. He left the U.S. and went to Canada. (a) (c)
  10. In January 2013, he repurposed LocalLeaks as a clearinghouse for information about the rape of a teenage girl in Steubenville, Ohio, USA. It was the first site to widely disseminate the 12-minute video of a Steubenville High School graduate joking about the rape. The site also perpetuated several false rumors about the case and failed to redact a court document so the rape victim’s name was revealed. In May 2013, a group of online trolls called the Rustle League hacked his Twitter account and implanted racist and anti-Semitic messages into it. On August 27, 2013, he announced his retirement from Anonymous. (a)
  11. On November 28, 2016, his book “Bend The Mask: An Inside Look At Anonymous” was published. (b)
  12. On July 3, 2017, his book “Dark Ops: An Anonymous Story” was published. (b)
  13. He was 56 years old when he was arrested by Mexican immigration authorities and deported to the U.S. on June 11, 2021. On June 12, 2021, he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. On June 15, 2021, he appeared in federal court  before Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu to face an indictment charging him with failure to appear. (c)



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