Anonymous Hackers Take Down Westboro

Just leave us alone, hackers tell Kansas church

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 25, 2011 12:13 AM CST | Updated Feb 25, 2011 4:58 AM CST

(Newser) – The Westboro Baptist Church told Anonymous to "bring it" and the hackers—apparently somewhat reluctantly—have duly brought it. The hackers, who said an earlier threat to hack the Kansas church was a hoax, hacked Westboro's website and posted an open letter to the church while an Anonymous member was engaged in a live radio debate with church spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper, CBS reports. Said the Anonymous member on the air, "In the time Shirley was blabbing her religious preach I actually did some business ... We just put up a nice release. We had enough. We responded maturely."

"If you're reading this, it means Anonymous has lost its patience with you, likely because you've threatened us again after we denied you a war," the letter posted on a Westboro website read, explaining that Anonymous is too busy with operations in Libya, Bahrain, and Iran to waste much time on Westboro. "Take this defacement as a simple warning: go away. The world (including Anonymous) disagrees with your hateful messages but you have the right to voice them. This does not mean you can jump onto Anonymous for attention."

Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., protests in front of the Pennsylvania Statehouse in Harrisburg, Pa.
Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., protests in front of the Pennsylvania Statehouse in Harrisburg, Pa.   (AP Photo/Bradley C. Bower)
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At 8:24 in this interview, a spokesman for Anonymous informs Westboro's Shirley Roper that the church has been hacked.   (Rockplz12)

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