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#OpKKK refers to an ongoing online hacktivist campaign and a series of social media protests launched by Anonymous in November 2014 in retaliation to threats of violence made by the Ku Klux Klan against protesters during the 2014 riots in Ferguson, Missouri.


On November 13th, 2014, CBS St. Louis reported that a chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan based in Park Hills, Missouri has been distributing "threatening" fliers across the town of Ferguson, where a series of anti-police protests have been ongoing since the fatal shooting of local black teenager Mike Brown in August, publicly condemning the protesters as "terrorists" and that "lethal force" would be used against "violent protesters".[1] The sightings of the KKK fliers were reported as the grand jury is expected to deliver its decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson before the end of November.

Attention: To the terrorists masquerading as "peaceful protestors"l You have awakened a sleeping giant. The good people of St. Louis County of all races, colors, and creeds will not tolerate your threats of violence against our police officers, their families, and our communities. We will not sit by and allow you to harm our familles, communitiles, property nor disrupt our daily lives. Your right to freedom of speech does not give you the right to terrortze cittzens. We will use lethal force as provided under Missouri Law to defend ourselves. Defense of Justification Section 563.031 A person may subject to the provislons of subsection 2 of this section, use physical force upon another person when and to the extent he or she reasonably believes such force to be necessary to defond himself or hersolf or a third person from what he or she reasonably belleves to be the use or Imminent use of unlawul force by such other person. You have been warned by the Ku Klux Klan! There will be consequences for your acts of violence against the peaceful, law abiding ctizens of Missourl. Contact us at 1-888-276-6760 or www.takkkkoom for more information or help in setting us a neighborhood watch in your community ranonal ist American Knights of the Ra Klus kien Neighberhood Watch

Notable Developments

In the midst of the ensuing controversy, the KKK and Anonymous reportedly exchanged several rounds of threats.[4] On November 14th, 2014, the YouTube channel of Anonymous Australia published a video titled "ANONYMOUS #OpKKK", in which it declared the launch of a cyberattack campaign against the KKK. The video communique was briefly taken down from the site before it was reactivated on November 18th.

We are not attacking you because of what you believe in as we fight for freedom of speech… We are attacking you because of what you did to our brothers and sisters at the Ferguson protest on the 12th of November.

DDoS & Doxxing Campaigns

Soon after the video was released, an international network of Anonymous hackers began targeting several KKK-affiliated websites and social media accounts with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks and hacking attempts, as well as doxxing a number of alleged KKK members near St. Louis County with their photographs and personally identifiable information, including their names and home addresses.[5]

Hacking of @KuKluxKlanUSA

On November 15th, 2014, the KKK-affiliated Twitter account @KuKluxKlanUSA retweeted a direct message from Anonymous Australia, in which Anonymous announced that it would take direct action against the KKK.[2] Over the course of the next ten hours, the Twitter account taunted Anonymous repeatedly, declaring it "a bunch of wannabees" and claiming that it "won't take any action".[3] At 9:11 p.m. (GMT) on the same day, approximately two hours after it made its final tweet taunting Anonymous, @KuKluxKlanUSA was hacked. The account's profile avatar was immediately changed to the symbol of Anonymous and a post was made celebrating the success of #OpKKK.

Ku Klux Klan @kuKluxKlanUSA な逸Follow 16 NOV 2014 09:11:47 You should've expected us. #OpKKK continues to be a success. Freedom will prevail. The war is on! RETWEETS FAVORITES 2,918 2,185

On November 17th, the Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account @YourAnonNews declared that several KKK-affiliated websites had been taken offline, including KKK.com, UWKKK.com, AmericanHeritageCommittee.com and TraditionalistAmericanKnights.com, the last of which has been suspected of distributing the fliers in and around Ferguson, Missouri.

Follow Anonymous @YourAnonNews Some KKK sites that are down right now: kkk.com uwkkk.com traditionalistamericaknights.com americanheritagecommittee.com #OpKKK 1:15 AM-17 Nov 2014 172 RETWEETS 171 FAVORITES Follow Anonymous @YourAnonNews TANGO DOWN - traditionalistamericanknights.com #OpKKK #HoodsOff 3:18 PM -17 Nov 2014 89 RETWEETS 98 FAVORITES

@YourAnonNews also released a "digital attack map" originally put together by @EastCoastAnonymous, which visualizes the geographical origins and destinations of the coordinated DDoS attacks against KKK-affiliated web servers (shown below).

World Map Table November 16 Russia 2014 Bandwidth (Gb) 5 Brözil Typ urce Port Duration Dest. Port Australia Soutt Africa ● ● ● ● TUP Connection CL Volumetric AR NZ ● Fragmentation ● Application 小Embed Type of Attack Total Attack Bandwidth (All Countries), 6b Dates are shown in GM Data shown represents the top-2% of reported attacks 400 300 200 100 between two countries Nov 16 2014 nbernal n11 Aug Sap 1 Ot 1 Nov ether source or

November 2015 Leaks

On October 27th, 2015, a post was published on Pastebin[12] announcing plans to reveal the identities of 1,000 members of "Ghoul Squad affiliates" and other groups associated with the KKK. The following day, the Anon Intel Group Wordpress[9] blog published a post containing the Pastebin announcement. On November 1st, the AnonIntelGroup YouTube channel released a video titled "#OpKKK Press Release 2015," claiming that the information would be leaked on November 5th (shown below).

The same day, several Pastebin[13][14][15] pages were created listing 57 phone numbers and 23 email addresses of alleged KKK members. In the coming days, the @Operation_KKK[10] and @YourAnonNews[11] Twitter feeds posted several tweets distancing themselves from the Pastebin posts, claiming that an "actual release" will be leaked on November 5th (shown below).

Anonymous @YourAnonNews Follow The pastebin links sent to us regarding #OpKKK were sent to us by Anonymous individuals. T he actual release for Operation KKK will be 5 Nov RETWEETS FAVORITES 217 180 4:16 PM-2 Nov 2015

On November 5th, the #OpKKK campaign's official Twitter account posted a tweet[16] with a link to the Pastebin document[17] it had previously promised to deliver. The document includes a list of 18 Klan-affiliated online communities and social media sites, as well as the names, aliases, social media profiles of over 350 alleged members of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States. According to the Pastebin post, the data was collected over the course of 11 months through the means of "human intelligence gathering, social engineering and digital espionage."

Operation KKK @Operation_KKK OFFICIAL #OpKKK oodsOff 2015 Data Release pastebin.com/wbvP95wg With Love, Anonymous RETWEETS LIKES 2,219 1,608 4:27 PM-5 Nov 2015

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Particle  Mare
Particle Mare

in reply to Gabenus Trollucus

The best part of this is that the KKK is accusing Anonymous of hiding behind computer screens, when they themselves are so fond of hiding their faces behind their masks that it's become a symbol for them.

Also, bonus image of a black police officer defending a KKK member from protesters:

Once a rabble of cowards, always a rabble of cowards.


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