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Santa Cruz ‘homeless hacker’ extradited from Mexico on decade-old case

SAN JOSE — Former Santa Cruz homeless activist “Commander X” has been deported from Mexico to face more than decade-old allegations of maliciously hacking into the county’s computer system.

Hacker Christopher Doyon at the Santa Cruz County Superior Courthouse in 2010. (Bill Lovejoy — Santa Cruz Sentinel file)

Christopher Doyon, 56, appeared Monday before Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to face indictment for his failure to appear in federal court in 2012. He is scheduled to appear next Tuesday for arraignment and identification of counsel.

Doyon participated in and allegedly helped organize Operation Peace Camp 2010, a two-month-long protest during which more than 50 people slept outside the Santa Cruz County District Courthouse in protest of the city’s homeless camping law. Doyon was reportedly working on behalf of the Massachusetts-based Peoples Liberation Front, a self-described organization of “cyber-warriors” who work on behalf of the downtrodden, and affiliated with Anonymous, an international collective of hackers.

Operation Peace Camp 2010, which began in July of 2010 on the courthouse steps, ended when law enforcement broke up the protest Oct. 2 in front of Santa Cruz City Hall, where the protest had relocated. Doyon was one of five protesters arrested for sleeping in public related to the protest; a warrant was issued for his arrest when he did not show up for a Santa Cruz court date.

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