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Anonymous Hijacks KKK's Twitter Account, Issues Official Statement

Anonymous Hijacks KKK's Twitter Account, Issues Official Statement

by Brad MerrillNovember 17, 2014

Yesterday, hacking group Anonymous took over the KKK’s Twitter account, changing the avatar to an Anonymous logo and the bio to “Under anon control as of 16 NOV 2014 09:11:47. You should’ve expected us.”

Today, as promised, they’ve issued an official statement via the compromised account:

As many of you already know, this past week Anonymous has launched an attack on America’s homegrown terrorist group known as the Ku Klux Klan. Anonymous took action after Klan members promised to use “lethal force” against peaceful protestors in Ferguson, Missouri. #OpKKK (#HoodsOff) was then launched. Members of our group revealed identities of Klan members and Klan websites have been DDOSed. Anonymous then took to Twitter. With warning, Anonymous took control of what was believed as the official Ku Klux Klan Twitter account (@KuKluxKlanUSA). Before going any further, we’d like to address our idea of freedom. After exposing Klan members and seizing the Klan’s websites and Twitter accounts, Anonymous members faced much criticism regarding freedom. Anonymous stands for freedom, so why would we strip someone of his or her freedom of speech? The Ku Klux Klan is a terrorist group. The blood of thousands of human beings are on the hands of Klansmen. In most of Anonymous’ members’ eyes, the KKK no longer has the right to express their racist, bigoted opinions. Moving on to the main topic, the Klan’s Twitter account. Based on the Direct Messages sent and received to @KuKluxKlanUSA, we can confirm an official member of the Loyal White Knights of the KKK operated the account. Through the Klan’s Twitter account, we have obtained large amounts of information of multiple white supremacists, along with the operator of the account. The members of Anonymous who seized the account are continuing to debate if the identities of the people associated with the Klan’s Twitter should be released to the public. This debate has risen as we are not completely sure how much of a connection many of the people actually have to the KKK. We want to ensure we are ousting the right people. It would be against everything Anonymous does if we publicly released information of the innocent. As for the account itself, we will leave it untouched as it could lead to more information that could contribute to #OpKKK. Once the operation is considered a complete success, we will remove the account from Twitter. What was accomplished on 16 NOV 2014 is just the beginning of #OpKKK. Anonymous has plenty more work to do. To the men and women representing Anonymous in Ferguson, make us proud. Show the world why Anonymous is the most united legion on this planet.

You should have expected us,

Anonymous

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Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.