A young Brisbane activist is linked to a video which warns Premier Campbell Newman: "Expect us."
The video, purportedly by a small Brisbane-based collective of Anonymous supporters, has been viewed more than 100,000 times since it was posted last Thursday.
The four and a half minute clip, which is titled Anonymous Message to Campbell Newman, ends with the words: "We do not forgive. We do not forget. Campbell Newman expect us."
The creator's YouTube account is called Trojan Walker. The account links to a Facebook page belonging to Daniel Walker, who took to social media on Monday to defend the clip, saying the group had no intention of threatening Newman.
"they [sic] completely twisted our video around to make it look as thou [sic] we have threatened campbell newman," his message says.
"they completely went against what we were trying to portray in the video... but bad publicity is better then no publicity. at least people are showing concern with the new legislations."
Walker has previously campaigned for the rights of single parents with RiSE Queensland founder Bronwyn Rees at Reddacliff Place in Brisbane's CBD.
Although Rees admitted she has never seen the man she knows as Daniel without a Guy Fawkes mask - the symbol of the Anonymous movement - she said he was a "good man".
"They found me and have supported me in my campaigns," Rees told Fairfax Media.
"I feel safe when they're around. They do not incite violence. They are for freedom of speech. They are not threatening."
A photograph on his Facebook page also shows Walker marching with the Queensland Socialist Alliance along Adelaide Street in a protest against the multinational producer of genetically modified food Monsanto.
Fairfax Media has asked Walker for comment. He is yet to respond.
In a message on YouTube, the clip's creator - believed to be Walker - said the final line of the video was not a veiled threat to the Premier, but rather a twist on Anonymous' famous sign off:
"We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us."
" ... they used our motto "expect us" and turned it into a threat ... ok, so what did I [sic] threaten to do? lol," Trojan Walker's response reads.
"I [sic] have never hurt anyone nor has anyone i [sic] associate with, but, we are watching, and he can expect his lies to be made public."
However, Police Minister Jack Dempsey said the creators of the clip were "gutless cowards".
"They have to hide behind a mask," he told reporters on Monday.
The anti-government YouTube clip features an activist speaking in a computerised voice.
"There are cases where normal people on motorbikes have been harassed, searched and investigated for nothing more than riding a motorcycle," the message says.
"The bill has already been used against everyday people like you and me... Campbell Newman has gone too far."
The footage used appears identical to that used in other YouTube videos posted by Anonymous activists in the US.
Police are investigating.
Anonymous, a loosely associated international network of activists and hackers, is known for highly publicised cyber-attacks around the world since it was established in 2003.
In 2012, Time magazine called Anonymous one of the "100 most influential people" in the world.
- Brisbane Times