Justice

Anonymous Attacks the KKK

April 26th 2016

By:
Alex Mierjeski

Hackers associating themselves with the online activist collective Anonymous have gone after the Ku Klux Klan since at least late November.

And now they successfully took down an official website of the Ku Klux Klan, targeting the group for their "monolithic and evil" beliefs.

KKK website

As ATTN: has previously reported, there are 190 active KKK groups with between 5,000 and 8,000 Klan members in the U.S., according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

KKK Map

The move is the latest act of high profile online political targeting by hackers operating as Anonymous, the nebulous group whose previous victims have included the self-proclaimed Islamic State, embattled Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, and Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump

"[W]e believe in free speech but their form of beliefs is monolithic and evil," one hacker involved with the operation told the tech website HackRead. "We stand for constitutional rights but they want anyone who is not Caucasian removed from earth so we targeted the KKK official website to show love for our boots on the ground and to send a message that all forms of corruption will be fought."

KKK

The operation targeted the website for the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, is the "kinder, gentler" modern face of "white civil rights" movement.

It's not the first time hackers claiming association Anonymous have targeted the Klan, either. In November, the group released what they claimed was a list of 1,000 members of the white supremacist group. Targeted hacks by Anonymous have been met with mixed reactions. In August of 2014, the group released the wrong name of a St. Louis police officer who they said was responsible for the shooting death of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown. The previous year, hackers with the leaderless group helped reveal alleged perpetrators in a high profile rape case in Steubenville, Ohio.