UPDATE: 11/2/2015 6:45 P.M.:
Hacktivist collective group Anonymous has denied releasing personal information of alleged Ku Klux Klan members. Operation_KKK, a Twitter account connected to the group, says they haven’t leaked anything — yet.
Tech Crunch reports anti-hate group hacker Amped Attacks, took responsibility for the leaking. He also says he allegedly took down the West Boro Baptist Church’s website Sunday evening.
“I am not involved with Anonymous or any other hacktivist group. I am my own man that acts on my own accord and the take down of WBC is just something i felt like doing cause frankly i am tired of them spewing their hate message,” he said.
Popular hacktivist group Anonymous kept their promise to release information about the Ku Klux Klan by revealing the emails and numbers of its members, USA Today reports.
The group announced last Tuesday they would release phone numbers and identities of one thousand KKK members. And, in a press release posted to Pastebin, Anonymous revealed that the “unhooding” Sunday was just a snippet of what’s to come on Nov. 5, the day of their Million Mask March. The group will kick off their social media campaign against the White supremacists with the hashtag #HoodsOff on Nov. 4.
“We never forgot your threats to the protesters in Ferguson, and we certainly never forgave you,” the statement reads. “And the same will be done to the threats you give now. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of the Ku Klux Klan remain unknown to you, then I would suggest to allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand with me on the fifth, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.”
In total, 57 phone numbers and 23 email addresses have been listed. Some phone numbers were based in Georgia, while others belonged to government offices in South Carolina.
A list of nine politicians and state senators was also released, but later taken down after information about their spouses was leaked. Mayor Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, TN was allegedly on the list and responded to the backlash on Facebook.
And Indiana Senator Dan Coats, whose name appeared on a list, also denied involvement:
Anonymous also released statements about the information, claiming the numbers were taken from the KKK’s own database.
For over a year, the KKK and Anonymous have exchanged blows online. The first unhooding by the collective was last year during the Ferguson unrest. Members of the KKK have allegedly harassed friends and affiliates of Anonymous online, inciting the hacktivist group to break into their sites and out them in a public forum.
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