Anonymous statement: KKK is a terrorist group, KKK responds poorly
Anonymous has issued a statement regarding its retaliation against the Ku Klux Klan's Ferguson threats, calling the KKK a terrorist group and vowing to continue the campaign. Meanwhile, the KKK has responded poorly.
In its statement on Monday night, Anonymous explained that through the Klan's Twitter account, it obtained large amounts of information on multiple white supremacists, and "members of Anonymous who seized the account are continuing to debate if the identities of the people associated with the Klan's account should be released to the public."
We want to be sure we are ousting the right people. It would be against everything Anonymous does if we publicly released the information of the innocent...
Once the operation is considered a complete success, we will remove the account from Twitter.
What we accomplished 16 Nov 2014 is just the beginning..."
Last week, a Ku Klux Klan group based 75 miles south of Ferguson, Missouri, began distributing flyers threatening "lethal force" against Ferguson protesters in any aftermath of the upcoming grand jury decision regarding Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
The Missouri group behind the threats — Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan — is listed as an active hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Ku Klux Klan responded poorly
Anonymous responded by first skirmishing with the KKK on Twitter, then declaring cyberwar on the racist group — with the Ku Klux Klan threatening Anonymous.
That same day, the Klan set up a second account, @YourKKKcentral, where it issued threats "to call the FBI!" Anonymous quickly took control of that account, as well.
Since the takeover of both primary KKK Twitter accounts, Anonymous has been unrelenting in its focused attacks on the hate group's online presence. No one is surprised that the KKK is bad at both computer security and opsec.
Anonymous has kept the pressure on KKK websites ikkkk.com and TraditionalistAmericanKnights.com, both of which have been unable to resolve for at least 20 hours. The "Traditionalist Knights" website is apparently a CloudFlare customer, and the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection service is noticeably struggling under the assault.
The KKK's website for its largest message board, Stormfront, has been knocked offline repeatedly, coming back with a plea from the KKK members who run it to donate help and money toward the site's security.
Klan members are taking down incriminating photos from their Facebook pages: One of those photos shows three KKK members at a Darren Wilson rally with their kids.