Anonymous, the online hacktivist vigilante group, has released a list of alleged Ku Klux Klan members and sympathizers for the second time in a week.
The group posted the names, some including Facebook profiles and email information, to the site pastebin.com. Global News has not confirmed the validity of the leaked information.
The #OPKKK campaign marks the group’s 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.
On Oct. 22 Anonymous said on Twitter it had gained access to “yet another” KKK Twitter account and said it would use the information obtained to reveal about 1,000 members’ identities.
The first batch of alleged members’ names was released over the Halloween weekend, and in a press release Anonymous warned “this is just the beginning.”
It describes some methods of gathering evidence, including allegedly chatting online with unsuspecting klan members.
“Members often told on themselves to us about their connections with the KKK during various chat conversations we had with klan members and affiliates throughout the course of our operation,” the post states.
“You never know who you are talking to on the internet.”
The post acknowledges the delicate nature of the release, and states the group has done its “best to ensure accuracy and avoid collateral damage to innocent parties. Erring on the side of caution, we removed several names from this list for further evaluation.”
With files from Nicole Bogart