Hacking Group Anonymous Making Good on Its Warnings

Love ’em or hate ’em, it can’t be denied that the hacking/activist group Anonymous follows through on what it says it will do. Last week Anonymous announced that it would release 1,000 names of alleged members of the Ku Klux Klan by Nov. 5, 2015. Today, Anonymous made good on its warnings by releasing 57 emails and 23 phone numbers of people the group alleges belong to the KKK, according to Independent.co.uk.

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The date has significance as the one-year anniversary of the protests that took place in Ferguson, Missouri last year, the day the grand jury returned with no indictment against the white police officer who shot and killed a black male teen in August 2014. Anonymous began to make its displeasure about the actions and threats of the white supremacist group during those periods of protest. The Ku Klux Klan gained the ire of Anonymous when “lethal force” was threatened against the protesters by the KKK, calling the peaceful protesters “terrorists.”

At that time the Anonymous group both hacked into the KKK’s Twitter account and began forcing some of the websites belonging to the Klan to go offline. Everything that had been public between the two groups became quiet for almost a year – until the released statement from Anonymous warning that it would go public with 1,000 names of Klan members and its Ghoul Squad affiliates.

Ku Klux Klan

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While it may have seemed that Anonymous was finished with its actions against the Ku Klux Klan after its relative silence on the issue in the last year, the group explains that that time was spent to determine if, in its opinion, the KKK merely spewed hateful speech or if the group was promoting actual violence.

The Ku Klux Klan, listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has seen its membership numbers dwindle from the millions in the early 20th century to an estimated 5,000 to 8,000 members currently. The KKK has not confirmed that the emails and phone numbers already released by Anonymous are in fact true, nor has the information yet been independently verified.

Anonymous has promised to take the Internet by storm on Nov. 4, 2015 with its HoodsOff2015 campaign, using the hashtag #HoodsOff, prior to releasing at least 1,000 names of alleged KKK members on Nov. 5. Whether the Ku Klux Klan has any plans of its own on these dates is not yet known.

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