Anonymous escalates war on KKK, takes down hate sites

On Monday the hacktivist collective Anonymous waded back into the tensions surrounding Ferguson, Missouri ahead of a grand jury announcing its decision in the Darren Wilson case. The KKK had distributed flyers around Ferguson warning citizens not to protest or face “lethal action” from the Klan, and Anonymous responded by launching #OpKKK, releasing the ID’s of local Klansmen and taking over their Twitter account (which has since been suspended).

On Tuesday Anonymous took things a step further, releasing even more names of local KKK members in a pastebin file as well as the phone numbers for Klan “hotlines”

The group also took down hate sites like Stormfront.org with DDoS attacks, and penned an open letter to KKK explaining their mission:

We are not attacking you because of what you believe in as we fight for freedom of speech… We are attacking you because of what you did to our brothers and sisters at the Ferguson protest on the 12th of November. Due to your actions we have started Operation KKK. The aim of our operation is nothing more than Cyber Warfare. Anything you upload will be taken down, anything you use to promote the KKK will be shut down. DDos attacks have already been sent and have infiltrated your servers over the past 2 days… d0x’s have also been launched on leaders of the KKK. All information retrieved will be given to the public.

You messed with our family and now we will mess with yours…

The KKK’s twitter handle is offline and it appears Anonymous has rattled some KKK members who removed this photo that exposed their faces from their Facebook page:

As the #HoodsOff hashtag proliferates around Twitter, Anonymous may want to start doing what it can to target the rest of the racists around Ferguson who aren’t in the KKK. There appear to be plenty of them, if this crowd-funded billboard just erected before the grand jury decision is any indication:

h/t: RawStory