As the Internet hacking group Anonymous promised it would, it has started releasing information about alleged Ku Klux Klan members. Last week, Anonymous warned that this was going to take place, according to The Hill on Monday. The action by Anonymous involves an activity being referred to as “Hoods Off 2015.” Eventually, the group’s activities will release personal details of 1,000 alleged Ku Klux Klan members. The group’s intent is to be a portion of a cyber war against the KKK which, of course, is purported to be a white supremacist group.
Some of the initial data was released through the website Pastebin, a text-sharing platform. Anonymous released the initial data on Sunday and continued to release data on Monday. The data bundle included 23 email addresses and 57 phone numbers of persons allegedly affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan. It is now being reported by IBT that the listing includes names of politicians, their spouses, and the local chapter of the KKK to which they are a member. These politicians include five city mayors and four senators. However, the released information has not been verified or confirmed by the Ku Klux Klan, says the Huffington Post, and a number of the politicians listed in the report have adamantly denied affiliation with the white supremacist group. .
On Sunday, Anonymous hosted full-day protests. The protests were labeled “Hoods Off 2015.” Prior to the protests, Anonymous targeted Ku Klux Klan-affiliated websites. In a release on Sunday, the hacker group released a statement which said that they had shut down servers and had gotten personal information on members of the white supremacist group. Additionally, it stated that it had infiltrated their Twitter accounts and its websites. Anonymous went on to assert that this is just the beginning. On Nov. 4, they will be having a Twitter storm – as they call it – in which they will spread awareness about the operation. On Nov. 5, they will release the more than 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members names and websites. The informational release will include new and old data.
Anonymous has been targeting the KKK online since the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo. last year. Of course, that unrest was initiated when the police killed a black teen named Michael Brown. At this time, it is near the one-year anniversary since that racially-charged happening. After that incident, a KKK chapter near Ferguson threatened to use lethal force to defend itself from the alleged terrorists which it claimed was “masquerading as peaceful protesters.” As one now knows, the protests after the Michael Brown shooting were not peaceful. A Twitter account affiliated with the KKK has suggested that there may be an anti-Anonymous protest march on Nov. 5.