On Halloween night, after sitting around a bonfire and tossing back some beers, two men in Lahoma, Oklahoma, decided it would be “funny to cut holes in sheets and dress up like a member of the KKK.” As you can imagine, locals were not amused; the police were called and someone took a picture of the two hooded men holding a torch next to a cross and posted it on social media. The incident caused the mayor of Lahoma to issue an apology – even though she was not involved as she was out trick-or-treating with her son – since it was her husband under the sheet participating in the Halloween “prank gone bad.”
Just as it is unlikely that anyone in Lahoma will forget the KKK costume-torch-cross incident anytime soon, some Anonymous hacktivists have not forgotten when the Ku Klux Klan threatened to use “lethal force” against peaceful Ferguson protesters a year ago.
“Remember, remember! The Fifth of November,” begins a verse from the movie V for Vendetta. Nov. 5 is when some revelers celebrate Guy Fawkes Night – and Guy Fawkes masks have become a symbol for the “face” of Anonymous. This November 5, Anonymous will dump “more than 1,000” KKK members’ names and websites. The first batch of doxing – of bringing “transparency” to the KKK and stripping the anonymity of hooded KKK members – has begun.
Last year, the KKK distributed flyers that threatened to use lethal force against Ferguson “terrorists masquerading as ‘peaceful protesters.’” After that snagged the attention of Anonymous, the KKK later threatened to shoot anyone wearing a Guy Fawkes mask. But this year it is the IntelGroup under the Anonymous banner calling the KKK “terrorists” and promising to strip KKK members of their anonymity.
“You once told Anonymous that we awakened a sleeping giant within you,” Anonymous told the KKK. “We are here to remind you once again—you summoned an unslayable dragon.”
The first batch of doxing came in the form of three dumps on Pastebin; the leaked lists include a personal website, over 40 phone numbers and a couple dozen email addresses belonging to alleged KKK members. A new dump of 13 phone numbers were leaked today via Pastebin; there is also an ongoing tweeted doxing campaign, thus far naming a pastor, a senator and cops who are allegedly members of the Ku Klux Klan.
According to an OpKKK press release dated Nov. 1, members of Anonymous said they “shut down servers,” had “gotten personal information on members of the KKK, and infiltrated your Twitters and websites. And this is just the beginning. On November the 4th we will be having a Twitter storm, spreading awareness about the operation. And on the 5th we shall release more than 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members names and websites, new and old.”
“We never forgot your threats to the protesters in Ferguson, and we certainly never forgave you,” read the second press release by Anonymous. “More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the Fifth of November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives.” It goes on to call kindred spirits to stand together and give the KKK a Fifth of November that “shall never, ever” be forgotten.
Political figures purportedly alleged KKK members
Meanwhile, a hacker going by the Twitter name of “Amped Attacks” has launched his own attacks on hate groups, taking down KKK websites and the official website for Westboro Baptist Church. Amped Attacks, who claims to be working on his own – to not be involved with any hacktivists groups – said he hacked into KKK websites, discovered a number of political figures allegedly involved with KKK, and used Pastebin to dump a list of senators and mayors who are supposedly KKK members. Although unconfirmed, there are already some tweeters calling for the senators and mayors to resign.
Amped Attacks claimed, “I worked for nine days to gather and verify all the information that was gathered before its release. I got the information from several KKK websites when I [hacked] them and was able to dump their database. I went through many emails that was signed up with these sites and a few of the emails that sparked my interest was the ones of the politicians in question there would be no reason for them to be signed up on any KKK website unless they supported it or was involved in it.”
More dumps, from Anonymous this time, are expected on the Fifth of November. When Operation KKK was announced, the Anon Intel Group said, “We will release, to the global public, the identities of up to 1,000 Klan members, Ghoul Squad affiliates and other close associates of various factions of the Ku Klux Klan across the Unites States.” Time will tell if this includes politicians, but the doxing could mean “#HoodsOff for some law enforcement” and for “feds affiliated with KKK.”
The person running the Militant Knights KKK Twitter account suggested holding an “anti-Anonymous march” on Nov 5. Whether or not that comes pass, Anonymous warned, “Ku Klux Klan, expect us.” If there are cops, feds and politicians unmasked as KKK members, you should expect some major fireworks on the Fifth of November. The cyber-drama could continue well beyond that as last week Anonymous called on the “Anonymous Collective to fire at all KKK & affiliated sources on Nov. 16.”