With Trump as the Republican presidential nominee, there’s no greater time to be an angry white racist. (Even though Trump is technically orange.)
Using a technological advancement known as ((echoes))–a term created from the internet’s shadowy underbelly, neo-Nazi and white supremacists “out” Jews online by putting their names in a triad of parenthesis via a browser extension known as the “Coincidence Detector.”
But those sneaky Neo-Nazi bastards soon found themselves on the receiving end of a smackdown by one savvy hacktivist
Digital activist Daniel Sieradski saw Coincidence Detector as a platform for disseminating digital hate, but also a tool to repurpose the hate group’s own programming code to use against its makers.
Sieradski is calling it the “Nazi Detector,” which is a Chrome browser extension that gathers names from a database, and brackets the names with and identifiable mark. To be more precise, it brands the names with a swastika.
Now that’s an emoji I can get behind.
I just whipped it together the other day when the idea popped into my head, Sieradski told Fusion over email. I asked a journalist I know who’d saved the archive of the original Coincidence Detector to send it to me, and then just hacked away at it for a few minutes.
Sieradski soon started populating the Nazi Detector’s database with usernames pulled from hate-watch organizations, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League. Not surprisingly, Sieradski says he’s been flooded with a fusillade of anti-Semitic invective.
I definitely expected to be targeted, and their idiocy is just water off a duck’s back, he said. But I’m a little disappointed they’re not more enraged about it.
Hacktivism isn’t always scrupulous. In this instance, however, the intentions couldn’t be any more noble.
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