The web-based “hacktivist” group Anonymous has begun publishing the personal information of several members of the Ku Klux Klan as their campaign against the racist terror organization intensifies.
Anonymous, who is described as a loosely based network of international cyber-activists, promised last month to reveal the identities of at least 1,000 members of the notorious hate organization after obtaining the data from a compromised Twitter account owned by the group.
The information released was just a small portion of the larger total amount of data collected, which included the listing of 57 phone numbers and 23 email addresses belonging to the members of the KKK. Anonymous has vowed to reveal the full set of information by Nov. 5th. The International Business Times attempted to call several members of the KKK on the list however, they were not able to connect so far.
It seems that phone numbers of KKK members are on the internet. 😉 https://t.co/C54dX8dp7R
— Anonymous (@GroupAnon) November 1, 2015
Thursday’s release date was chosen to coincide with the hate group’s global protest, the Million Mask March. Some of the KKK members took to Twitter angrily suggesting the white supremacists will carry out the march despite Anonymous’ publication.
The two organizations have been battling it out since last year’s protests in Ferguson county when a chapter of the KKK threaten to use violence against the predominately African-American protesters. In response to the threat, Anonymous hacked the official Twitter account of the chapter and began publishing details and identities of its members.
“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,” Anonymous said in a statement addressed to the Klu Klux Klan. “You are abhorrent. Criminal. 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.”
From U.S. Uncut:
In a new post on document-dumping site pastebin, Anonymous names US Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), John Cornyn (R-Tx.), Dan Coats (R-In.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) as members of the KKK. Anonymous also outed several mayors of major US cities, including Madeline Rogero of Knoxville, Tennessee; Jim Gray of Lexington, Kentucky; Paul D. Fraim of Norfolk, Virginia; Kent Guinn of Ocala, Florida; and Tom Henry of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
I am opposed to everything the KKK stands for. I have no idea where this information came from, but wherever it came from, it is wrong.
— Mayor Jim Gray (@JimGrayLexKY) November 2, 2015
John Cornyn, who Anonymous claims is affililiated with the United White Knights of the KKK, is the current Majority Whip, making him one of the most powerful members of the US Senate. Johnny Isakson is listed as a member of the Original Knight Riders of the KKK. Isakson served as a U.S. Congressman for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District between 1999 and 2005. He currently serves as Georgia’s senior US Senator, and is up for re-election in 2016. Dan Coats is Indiana’s senior US Senator, and is listed as a member of the United Northern and Southern Knights of the KKK — along with Thom Tillis.
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