Hacktivists Anonymous took control of two Twitter accounts and four websites associated to white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) last night.
Linked to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where the KKK threatened “lethal force” on anyone protesting in the town where a teenager was shot by a police officer in August, leading to the tense situation in the town.
The two groups traded taunts online following the KKK’s announcement that it would step into the Ferguson situation, and that Anonymous would not react as it said that the hacktivists were “cowards” with “hoods on”.
The takeover began at 9pm GMT on Sunday, when Anonymous posted a picture of a klansman in a noose. Anonymous promised a statement at 3am GMT tomorrow.
An Anonymous video warned that the KKK “should have expected” the group. It said: “KKK it has came to our unfortunate attention that you have been interfering with Anonymous. We are not attacking you because of what you believe in as we fight for freedom of speech. We are attacking you because of what you did to our brothers and sisters at the Ferguson protest on the 12th of November.
“Due to your actions we have started Operation KKK. The aim of our operation is nothing more than Cyber Warfare. Anything you upload will be taken down, anything you use to promote the KKK will be shut down. DDos attacks have already been sent and have infiltrated your servers over the past 2 days. d0x’s have also been launched on leaders of the KKK. All information retrieved will be given to the public. You messed with our family and now we will mess with yours.”
The 12th November reference regards the KKK handing out leaflets in and around Ferguson in advance of the Michael Brown grand jury decision, warning of “lethal force” against violent protesters.
Also according to IB Times, several email accounts associated with the KKK have also been compromised in the last 24 hours, and it has begun publicly revealing identities and personal information of members of the KKK who have been threatening them.