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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Anonymous hacks the Westboro Baptist Church

It seems that the latest from the WBC crowd is that they were going to picket at the funerals for the kids shot in Connecticut.  Action, reaction:
Over the weekend, Anonymous was stirred to action against an old nemesis: the Westboro Baptist Church. The most recent feud came in the wake of WBC’s appalling reaction to the Sandy Hook shooting Friday in Newtown, CT. Anonymous’s offensive increased in intensity as WBC announced plans to picket a vigil for the elementary school’s victims. The hacker collective has since managed to hijack a high-profile Twitter account as well as take down WBC’s site, among other claimed victories.

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Today, Anonymous scored several more successes: godhatesfags.com, the website of WBC, went down, possibly as a result of DDoS attacks by anonymous members. Other high-profile hackers have joined in, such as @cosmothegod, who hijacked the personal Twitter account of WBC spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper and retweeted several posts about his victory. Anonymous’s official Twitter account also claims that its members managed to change Phelps-Roper’s desktop background to gay porn, uncovered alleged social security numbers of key WBC members through the doxing process, and successfully filed for a death certificate for Phelps-Roper. The group has since tweeted out the alleged hotel where WBC members were staying and offered an IRC channel specifically to talk about its #OpWBC movement.
Not a fan of Anonymous, and not a fan of cyber vigilantism.  But it's interesting to see what sort of thing attracts their attention, other than anti-Government anarchism.

13 comments:

bluesun said...

Yeah, definitely a situation where I don't have a dog in the fight, but don't mind watching...

Paladin said...

The enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend... but that won't stop me from giggling when someone I don't like bitch slaps another person that I don't like.

ProudHillbilly said...

What Paladin said.

agirlandhergun said...

Yeah, what Paladin said.

RabidAlien said...

+1 to Paladin!

Knitebane said...

If only they both could lose.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe WBC hasn't been attacked in a physical sense. People in grief mode don't make rational decisions. I am not very confident I could keep myself from doing something violent if they showed up at my loved ones funeral.

Dave H said...

Anon: WBC has a lot of lawyers among them, and one of their tactics is to try to goad someone into taking a swing at them and then suing.

Aaron said...

Quite a case of Aliens vs. Predator, in all senses of the words.

ShallNotBeInfringed said...

+1 to Aaron. Snark is the best!

Ken said...

I can't believe WBC hasn't been attacked in a physical sense.

Fortunately for us all (and the anonymous commenter's sentiments are understandable), there are enough people around who recognize that provoking physical assault is essentially WBC's business model that they rarely get their wish.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

@ Ken: True. But if they have even a single brain cell among them, this time it's an empty threat in order to get some media attention. If any of these scum were to actually show up at one of these children's funerals, I would not be surprised (or disappointed, really) to hear that they didn't survive the experience.

I'd also bet money that there would - "amazingly" - be not one single witness to be found, if the news vultures didn't manage to catch it on camera.

Anonymous said...

Suing won't get you back above ground and breathing, but sadly I am sure they'd just enjoy the publicity and call themselves martyrs.