Anonymous Releases Names of Alleged KKK Members
List includes nearly 400 names, plus email addresses and Facebook pages
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2015 5:28 PM CST
Online activist group Anonymous released the names of nearly 400 suspected Ku Klux Klan members Thursday.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Online activist group Anonymous released its promised list of alleged Ku Klux Klan members Thursday, Raw Story reports. And while the list doesn't include the promised 1,000 names, it does include the identities of nearly 400 people, plus email addresses, Facebook pages, and more, according to the Hill. "We consider this data dump as a form of resistance against the violence and intimidation tactics leveraged against the public by various members of Ku Klux Klan groups throughout history,” Operation KKK states with the release. And while the list also doesn't include the names of any politicians—as an earlier, "widely discredited" list did—it does include at least a few retired law enforcement officers.

The Hill reports Anonymous started going after the KKK when a local chapter threatened violence during protests in Ferguson. The group states the list released Thursday is the culmination of 11 months of research and "digital espionage." According to Engadget, Anonymous even got some people to admit to being KKK members while chatting online. "You never know who you are talking to on the internet," Operation KKK writes. In addition to names, the list purports to include popular places to hang out online for KKK members. While none of the well-known names included on the non-Anonymous list released earlier this week were found on Thursday's list, Operation KKK did tweet that several names were removed "for further investigation," Raw Story reports.