By Parker Lee
28 Oct 2015
The international, loosely-associated group of “hacktivists” known asAnonymous has been credited with some significant online infiltration, including releasing classified data from the Thai government, hacking the CIA website, and declaring a digital war on terrorist group ISIS.
Following the death of Michael Brown, however, Anonymous set its sightson another group often known to operate under the protection of anonymity – the Ku Klux Klan.
The group launched Operation KKK in November last year, after reports arose that the white supremacist group had threatened to use “lethal force” against those protesting on Brown’s behalf.
Making good on a Twitter post from last week, it seems that Anonymous has now struck a major blow against the KKK.
A statement reportedly released by Anonymous sheds light on its specific motivation for targeting the hate group:
Ku Klux Klan, we never stopped watching you….After closely observing so many of you for so very long, we feel confident that applying transparency to your organizational cells is the right, just, appropriate and only course of action…
You are more than extremists. You are more than a hate group. You operate much more like terrorists and you should be recognized as such. You are terrorists that hide your identities beneath sheets and infiltrate society on every level.
In forcibly accessing and shutting down various KKK websites and Twitter accounts, it seems that Anonymous has learned the names of at least 1,000 Klan members, which it’s released to the public accompanied by photos and other personal details.
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As a result, Willman reportedly received hundreds of death threats before Darren Wilson was officially revealed to be the involved police officer.
It’s believed that there are currently between 3,000-5,000 Klan members in the U.S., though recruitment efforts have reportedly been on the rise in the last year.