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Anonymous Launches DDoS Attack On The KKK

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Ghost Squad hackers take down key KKK website as part of its fight against “blunt racism”

Anonymous has once again targeted the website of the Ku Klux Klan in its attempts to take down websites spouting hatred online.

The hacktivist group confirmed that its Ghost Squad team had attacked the official website of Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) in a series of powerful distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, taking it offline.

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anonymous-logo-1Ghost Squad has worked with Anonymous several times in the past, and said it had targeted the KKK as a protest against the group’s “blunt racism” in the name of free speech.

“We targeted the KKK due to our hackers being up in their face, we believe in free speech but their form of beliefs is monolithic and evil,” a Ghost Squad spokesperson told HackRead.

“We stand for constitutional rights but they want anyone who is not Caucasian removed from earth so we targeted the KKK official website to show love for our boots on the ground and to send a message that all forms of corruption will be fought. We are not fascist but we certainly do not agree with the KKK movement. They are the Fascists and they are the Racists.”

This is not the first time that the KKK has come under attack from Anonymous.

Last November, the group published the details of a thousand alleged KKK sympathisers as part of its #HoodsOff campaign, which it described as “a form of resistance” against racial violence.

The group also conducted a DDoS attack on the KKK’s main website in October 2015 following the alleged Twitter harassment of a woman by Klan members.

And this followed a major cyberattack in November 2014, when Anonymous took down four of the KKK’s websites, including its KKK.com portal, posted several messages on the KKK’s official Twitter feed and took control of another account affiliated with the Klan.

Anonymous has also been looking to wage war on other opponents it deems to have done wrong to the world in the past, most famously targeting terrorist group Isis last December following the terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.

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