Fox News cites a press release in which the so-called “hacktivist” group announced its intent to reveal the names on Wednesday (Oct. 28). According to the release, Anonymous stated that it is right for them to take the hoods off the Klan, adding that it has been watching the group for a long time. In its eyes, revealing the folks behind the hoods is “the right 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,” Anonymous said in the press release. “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. You’ve had blood on your hands for nearly 200 years.
“You continue to inflict civil rights violations, commit violent crimes and solicit others to commit violent criminal act,” the group continued. “You seek to intimidate and/or eliminate those that are different from you and those that you dislike by any means possible.”
Anonymous’ intent to identify members of the KKK by name is the latest in a string of activities performed by the group, which is known for targeting groups for beliefs its members disagree with and was responsible for bringing down several Islamic extremist-linked Twitter and Facebook accounts through “Operation ISIS” or #OpISIS by releasing more than 100 social media accounts they identified as Islamic militants, TheHackerNews.com reported.
Last year, Anonymous reportedly released alleged police dispatch audio from Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, with a spokesperson for the group telling Mashable it released the audio so the public could get a sense of the atmosphere before and after the shooting happened.
Mashable also notes that Anonymous struck again in January after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris as it took responsibility for taking down a so-called jihadist website ansar-alhaqq.net. According to USA Today, at the time, Anonymous vowed to fight for the “inviolate and sacred right to express opinions in any way” and declared “war” on Islamic State.