As the first anniversary of the protests in Ferguson, Missouri approaches, a tweet connected with the hacktivist group Anonymous has been released. In it, Anonymous threatens to release the names of 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members.
We’ve gained access to yet another KKK Twitter account. Using the info obtained, we will be revealing about 1000 klan member identities.
4:15 PM – 22 Oct 2015
In November 2014, Anonymous launched Operation KKK or #OpKKK, after members of the Ku Klux Klan threatened to use “lethal force” against those protesting the killing of unarmed Michael Brown by a member of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department. Within days of launching their operation, Anonymous claimed to have taken over the KKK’s main Twitter account and other sites linked to that organization.
In a press release, Anonymous wrote:
Ku Klux Klan, we never stopped watching you. We know who you are … We never said we would only strike once … After closely observing so many of you for so very long, we feel confident that applying transparency to your organizational cells is the right, just, appropriate and only course of action … You are more than extremists. You are more than a hate group. You operate much more like terrorists and you should be recognized as such. You are terrorists that hide your identities beneath sheets and infiltrate society on every level.
Anonymous ramped up its actions against the KKK after a Klan member apparently harassed a friend of Anonymous on Twitter.
With approximately 3,000 to 5,000 members of the Klan known today (according to a CNN report), release of the names of up to a third of its membership could cause the hate group major problems.
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