Anonymous Targets Westboro Baptist Church After Newtown Vigil Protest Threat
Anonymous has hacked the Westboro Baptist Church, revealing personal information of its members. Here, Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church stages a protest at a school in Maryland. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images))
Members of the hacktivist group Anonymous have targeted the Westboro Baptist Church after the hate-mongering, quasi-religious group announced plans to protest a Sunday night vigil in remembrance of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, 20 of whom were just 6 and 7 years old.
On Saturday, Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper tweeted that the group would be protesting the vigil in Newtown, Conn., to "sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment."
Anonymous apparently vowed retaliation as part of #OpWestBor in a video posted to Vimeo under the handle KY Anonymous. "We will not allow you to corrupt the minds of America with your seeds of hatred," says the voice-over in the video. "We will not allow you to inspire aggression to the social factions which you deem inferior. We will render you obsolete. We will destroy you. We are coming."
On Sunday, Anonymous posted to Pastebin a list of data that it claimed belonged to Westboro members. The data included names, street addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, according to CNET.
The move was announced on @YourAnonNews, the collective's main mouthpiece on Twitter.
How is it a group like the WBC is still allowed to operate? Good on these hackers for stepping up.