Hackers Threaten to Unhood KKK Members

Group says it has names of 1K Klansmen
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2015 2:37 AM CDT
Hackers Threaten to Unhood KKK Members
This photo shows a Ku Klux Klan gathering at the Cecil County Administration Building on Dec. 20, 2013, in Elkton, Md.   (AP Photo/The Wilmington News-Journal, William Bretzger)

This is the 21st century, and sticking a white hood over your head isn't enough to keep your identity secret, Anonymous has informed the Ku Klux Klan. The hackers have threatened to expose the identities of 1,000 KKK members as part of a battle against the group that started during last year's Ferguson protests, reports the Huffington Post, which notes that some Klan members are believed to have already quit the group out of fear of exposure. Anonymous, which hacked KKK-linked Twitter accounts during #OperationKKK last year, says it discovered the identities of Klan members by hacking yet another Twitter account.

The goal is to strip the group of its anonymity, not its right to free speech, Anonymous said in a press release. "We feel confident that applying transparency to your organizational cells is the right, just, appropriate, and only course of action," the statement says. "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. The privacy of the Ku Klux Klan no longer exists in cyberspace." (More Ku Klux Klan stories.)

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