Anonymous says U.S. politicians were ‘incorrectly outed’ as KKK members
Anonymous is distancing itself from another hacker, after the individual published a document alleging four U.S. senators and five mayors were affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan.
Over the weekend, the user – who goes by the name “Amped Attacks” – published a document on file-sharing site Pastebin, claiming the politicians were either associated with the KKK or other hate groups.
“These are the officials that have political power in the USA that are associated with either KKK or racist related. Addresses will not be released so nobody gets it in their mind to take out their own justice against them,” read the document.
All nine U.S. officials have since publicly denied any involvement with the white supremacist group.
The information dump comes at the same time so-called “hacktivist” group Anonymous is ramping up its social media campaign against the KKK – with the promise to reveal the identities of “about 1,000” Klan members on Nov. 5.
Anonymous took to its official Twitter channels late Monday to clarify that it had no involvement with the data dump.
“#ICYMI #OpKKK was in no way involved with today’s release of information that incorrectly outed several politicians,” read one of the tweets.
The “Amped Attacks” hacker also clarified that he or she is not involved with Anonymous; however, the hackers added that they support the #OpKKK campaign.
The #OPKKK movement marks Anonymous’ second cyber attack against the white supremacist group. Both were sparked by the KKK’s threat to use lethal force against protesters waiting for a grand jury decision on possible charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August 2014.
Anonymous claims it will release the identities of Klan members, Ghoul Squad affiliates and “other close associates of various factions of the KKK across the Unites States.”
The group is also promising to unleash a social media campaign against the KKK on Nov. 4, using the hashtag #HoodsOff.
In light of the incident with “Amped Attacks,” Anonymous urged both the media and social media followers to look to the official Operation KKK Twitter Account for news about the planned data dump.
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